Ripon in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Birthplace of Republican Party
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. 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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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, (Submitted on October 30, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
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