“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ripon in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Birthplace of Republican Party

Birthplace of Republican Party Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
1. Birthplace of Republican Party Marker
Inscription. In 1852 Alvan Earle Bovay of Ripon met with Horace Greeley in New York and advocated dissolution of the Whig Party and formation of a new party to fuse together anti-slavery elements. At the same time he suggested the name "Republican" because he felt "it was a good name.....with charm and prestige."

The opportunity to act came in January 1854 when Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which permitted the extension of slavery beyond the limits of the earlier Missouri Compromise. Three months' debate on the bill created upheavals in all the existing political parties.

When the bill passed the Senate on March 3, 1854, Bovay promptly called a meeting of 53 voters in the little white schoolhouse to organize a new party. Years later Bovay recalled: "We went into the little meeting, Whigs, Free Soilers, and Democrats. We came out Republicans, and we were the first Republicans in the Union."

On February 22, 1856 a convention was held at Pittsburgh to establish a national organization and the name "Republican" was adopted for the new party. Among those present were Horace Greeley and Abraham Lincoln.
Erected 1964 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 135.)
Marker series.
Birthplace of the Republican Party Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
2. Birthplace of the Republican Party Marker
In this school house on March 20, 1854 was held the first mass meeting in this country that definitely and positively cut loose from old parties, and advocated a new party under the name Republican.
This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 50.634′ N, 88° 50.208′ W. Marker is in Ripon, Wisconsin, in Fond du Lac County. Marker is at the intersection of Blackburn Street (State Highway 49) and East Blossom Street, on the right when traveling north on Blackburn Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Blackburn Street, Ripon WI 54971, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of the Republican Party (a few steps from this marker); 401 Watson Street (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Ripon (about 700 feet away); Ripon College (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Congregational Church of Ripon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ceresco (approx. ¾ mile away); Carrie Chapman Catt (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Daycholah" (approx. 6.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ripon.
Also see . . .  Ripon - History. “The U.S. Department of the Interior has since proclaimed three sites as landmarks due to their role in the establishment of the Republican Party: Ripon’s Little White Schoolhouse, where the first local organization was established March 20, 1854; a site in Jackson, Michigan, where
Markers and Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
3. Markers and Schoolhouse
the first state-level convention was held ‘under the oaks’ July 6, 1854; and the location of the first national meeting held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Feb. 22, 1856. In 1860, the Republican Party elected its first president, Abraham Lincoln.” (Submitted on October 30, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
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National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 14, 2012
4. National Historic Landmark Plaque
located to the right of the front door of the Little White Schoolhouse.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,832 times since then and 194 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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