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Grand Old Partisan
Washington, DC
I am a public speaker to conservative organizations and the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party.
Interests: the heritage of the Republican Party
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Johns Shanks, born in Martinsburg this day of 1826. The young Whig was elected an Indiana county prosecutor, then to the state house. In 1860, he won, as a Republican, a U.S. House of Representatives term.... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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"Few public men in the United States since the Civil War have combined skill in diplomacy, constructive statesmanship, talent for political organization, oratorical ability and broad culture to such a degree as Senator Davis." Grand Old Partisan salutes Cushman Davis,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan celebrates Flag Day. It began with a surge in patriotism throughout northern states during the Civil War. For the first time, people began displaying their own flags. Old Glory appeared on storefronts and churches and schools. Jonathan... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates yet another Republican civil rights achievement. This day of 1866, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed the 14th Amendment. Page 102 of Back to Basics for the Republican Party explains that its purpose was to enshrine... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes George Bush, born near Boston this day of 1924. He was the Navy's youngest pilot during World War II. He studied economics at Yale University. His father became a Connecticut Republican U.S. Senator. Bush relocated to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates Republican concern for fiscal responsibility. This day of 1921, President Warren Harding signed the Budget and Accounting Act. It had been written by Republican Representative James Good and passed by the GOP-controlled 67th Congress. This landmark... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan spotlights the first presidential visit to a synagogue. This day of 1876, Ulysses Grant attended services at the dedication of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. Decorating the interior were flowers, "festoons of evergreens" and American flags.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates Republican commitment to protecting the environment. This day of 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the National Monuments Act. It had been written by Republican Representative John Lacey and passed by the GOP-controlled 59th Congress. This landmark... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates the 2001 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act. President George W. Bush signed it on June 7th that year. This tax cut package had been introduced by Republican Representative Bill Thomas and passed by a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan highlights a great moment for baseball. This day of 1892, Benjamin Harrison became the first president to attend a major league game. He sat in the press box, wearing a black derby hat and holding an ornamental... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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"On all subjects, his views have been characterized by liberality, comprehensiveness, and practical common sense." Grand Old Partisan praises Calvin Hulburd, born in upstate New York this day of 1809. He studied at Middlebury College and Yale Law School. Alongside... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Columbus Delano, born in Vermont this day of 1809. Age eight, he relocated with his family to Ohio. He studied law and became a county prosecutor. After a term in the U.S. House of Representatives, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan spotlights an unprecedented Republican advancement for African-Americans. This day of June in 1884, delegates elected a former slave to chair the GOP's national convention. Emancipated by the Union army, John Lynch served three terms in the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the Revenue Act of 1924. Passed by the GOP-controlled 68th Congress, President Calvin Coolidge signed it on June 2nd that year. The law was known as the "Mellon Tax Cut" for its author, Treasury Secretary Andrew... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Charles Anderson, born in Kentucky this day of 1814. Graduating from Miami University, he studied law and was a county prosecutor at Dayton. The young Whig won election to the state senate, arguing for repeal of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the 1870 Civil Rights Act. Introduced by Republican Congressman John Bingham, it had been passed by the GOP-controlled 41st Congress. President Ulysses Grant signed it this day that year. The official name: "an Act to enforce... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Peter Jacob Carter, born on Virginia's eastern shore this day of 1845. His schoolteacher owner taught him to read. He escaped from slavery during the Civil War and enlisted in the 10th U.S. Colored Troops. Union... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors William Buckingham, born this day of 1804. The savvy entrepreneur became a successful merchant. As a Whig, he served several terms as mayor of Norwich. He later became a Republican. In 1858, Buckingham defeated a pro-slavery... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan reveres Julia Ward Howe, born in New York City this day of 1819. Her financier father afforded her a literary education. She married an overbearing physician who squandered much of her inheritance. They had six children. An... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors George Fogg, born this day of 1813. He studied at Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. His career began working at an iron foundry, then shifted to publishing a newspaper. He won a state house term... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan lauds Ralph Waldo Emerson, born in Boston this day of 1803. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School. An aversion to slavery began while visiting South Carolina and Florida. Emerson's writings and lectures were popular. Along... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan lauds Republicans for creating the Foreign Service. Today in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed an "Act for the reorganization and improvement of the Foreign Service of the United States." This law had been written by Republican Congressman... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan spotlights a splendid endorsement of the second Republican presidential nominee. This day of 1860, a Chicago newspaper published Lincoln As He Is: "If Mr. LINCOLN is elected President he will...take to the Presidential Chair just the qualities... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the beginning of US-Korean diplomatic relations. This day of 1882, presidential envoy Robert Shufelt signed a treaty of friendship and commerce with Korean government officials. The ceremony took place at Incheon. Rejecting claims by China and... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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an Act to encourage and regulate the use of aircraft in commerce, and for other purposes Grand Old Partisan appreciates Republican support for American civil aviation. Seeking to advance the industry by improving safety, Calvin Coolidge set up an Aircraft... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan