Crawfordsville in Washington County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Beginning of National Republican Party
Iowa 150 Celebrate Our State 1846 1996
Erected 1996 by Washington County Sesquicentennial Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1854.
Location. 41° 12.846′ N, 91° 32.296′ W. Marker is in Crawfordsville, Iowa, in Washington County. Marker is on East Columbus Street just east of North Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crawfordsville IA 52621, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Settler's Home in Washington County (here, next to this marker); The Old Military Road (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line).
Also see . . .
1. Crawfordsville, Iowa (Wikipedia). The first private meeting of what would become the Republican Party came when Whig Party defectors met privately in Crawfordsville in February, 1854. The meeting (Submitted on June 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. February 23, 1854. Representatives of several organizations met in Crawfordsville to oppose the extension of slavery. This meeting is seen as the formation of the Republican Party, which included representatives of the Liberty Party, The Free Soilers, and other organiations who were bitter opponents to slavery. (Submitted on June 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. The Founding of the Republican Party. The Republican Party was founded in the mid-1850s following the fracturing of other political parties over the debate of whether to continue practicing enslavement. The party, which was based on stopping the spread of enslavement to new territories and states, arose out of protest meetings that took place in a number of northern states. (Submitted on June 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 27, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.