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A Short History

of the

Republican Party

The Republican Party was formed in the early 1850's by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge.

The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party.

At the Jackson Convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan. In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont."

Even though they were considered a "third party" because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33% of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.

Donald J. Trump

45th President of the United States of America

Born in New York City on June 14, 1946, Donald Trump joined the New York Military Academy in Cornwall in 1959, followed by Fordham University and the Wharton School of Business.  In 1973, Trump was appointed board president of the Trump Organization and, subsequently, became a well known TV personality.

Donald Trump announced his Presidential candidacy in June 2015, pointing our that the main issues for the USA were illegal immigration, Islamic terrorism, and U.S. national debt. His campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again”.
 
Donald Trump has been married to First Lady Melania Trump since 2006 and their son, Barron, was born in 2006. President Trump has 4 more children from previous marriages: Donald Jr. (1977), Ivanka(1981), Eric (1984), Tiffany (1993), and eight grand-children.



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Vice President Mike Pence

Michael Richard Pence was born on Jun 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana.  He graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before entering private practice.

He lost two bids for a U.S. congressional seat in 1988 and 1990, became a conservative radio and television talk show host from 1994 to 1999, and was elected to the United States Congress in 2000. 
Upon becoming Governor of Indiana in January 2013, Pence initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history and pushed for more funding for education initiatives. 
Vice Presidence Pence is married to Karen and they have 3 children:  Michael (24 years old), Charlotte (22 years old) and Audrey (21 years old).

For a link to a list and pictures of all US Presidents click here
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I am a Republican because .....
  • I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored. 
  • I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
  • I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity. 
  • I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
  • I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which governs least. 
  • I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people. 
  • I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times. 
  • I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.  
  • FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.




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