About Us – Stanislaus GOP

ABOUT The Republican Party

The Start of The Grand Old Party

The GOP was founded in 1854 by opponents of the Kansas–Nebraska Act,[14] which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories. The party supported classical liberalism, opposed the expansion of chattel slavery, and supported economic reform.[15][16] Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president. Under the leadership of Lincoln and a Republican Congress, chattel slavery was banned in the United States in 1865. The Party was generally

of the GOP The Grand Old Party

A Short Biography


Slavery and the Republicans

In the 1850s, the issue of slavery—and its extension into new territories and states joining the Union—ripped apart these political coalitions. During this volatile period, new political parties briefly surfaced, including the Free Soil and the American (Know-Nothing) parties.

March 20, 1854

It all Starts

In 1854, opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which would permit slavery in new U.S. territories by popular referendum, drove an antislavery coalition of Whigs, Free-Soilers, Americans and disgruntled Democrats to found the new Republican Party, which held its first meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin that May. Two months later, a larger group met in Jackson, Michigan, to choose the party’s first candidates for statewide office.

The parties goals

The Republican goal was not to abolish slavery in the South right away, but rather to prevent its westward expansion, which they feared would lead to the domination of slave holding interests in national politics.


November 6, 1860

In the 1860 election, a split between Southern and Northern Democrats over slavery propelled the Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln to victory, though he won only around 40 percent of the popular vote. Even before Lincoln could be inaugurated, seven Southern states seceded from the Union, beginning the process that would lead to the Civil War.


Over the course of the Civil War, Lincoln and other Republicans began to see the abolition of slavery as a strategic move to help them win the war. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and by war’s end, the Republican majority in Congress would spearhead the passage of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

What We Believe

The Republican Party Believes that all power lies with the individual and the ability of the individual to make chart there own future without all-powerful government that is willing to do everything for you and leaving you with less freedom