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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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"patriotic, far-sighted, clear in his convictions of duty, firm in their maintenance, and fearless in their execution" Grand Old Partisan honors John Brough, born this day of 1811. Apprenticed to a printer when his parents died, he later studied at... Continue reading
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Clement Sinnickson, born this day of 1834. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College, then studied law. Outbreak of civil war, he enlisted as captain of Company I, 4th New Jersey Infantry. In 1874, Sinnickson... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the third Lincoln-Douglas debate. This day of 1858, the Railsplitter shared a stage with incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas. One thousand five hundred people attended the event, at Jonesboro in southern Illinois. Contrasting himself with his pro-slavery... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates Republican respect for our multi-ethnic cultural fabric. This day of 1989, President George H. Bush issued the proclamation establishing National Hispanic Heritage Month: Ever since Hispanic explorers discovered the vast, uncharted territory of the New World... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan laments the Ku Klux Klan's second March on Washington. It occurred this day in 1926. Led by Democrat activist Hiram Evans, thousands of racists marched along Pennsylvania Avenue. They were celebrating their terrorist organization's resurgence fifty years... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Alice Wells, the nation's first female police officer. Born in 1873, she attended Oberlin College and Hartford Theological Seminary. This day of 1910, the Republican mayor of Los Angeles hired her. There had been police matrons,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Mary Booze, daughter of former slaves. This day of 1924, she became the GOP's first African-American Republican National Committeewoman. Her father, a Mississippi cotton farmer, was a political ally of Booker T. Washington. She attended college... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Henry Baxter, born this day of 1821. The young man led a wagon train of 49ers to California. Returning to Michigan after three years, he operated a grain mill. His father, Levi, gaveled to order that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors William Newell, born this day of 1817. The young Whig attended Rutgers College and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. In 1846, he won the first of two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. His... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Benjamin French, born in New Hampshire this day of 1800. Age thirty-two, the former state legislator was hired as Assistant Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Promotion to Clerk came during the Polk administration. From... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the Southern Loyalists Convention. This day of 1866, four hundred delegates gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. They came from the eleven former Confederate states plus Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. These patriots were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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"This is my country and I believe in her, and I will serve her, and I'll contribute to her welfare whenever and however I can. If she has any ills, I'll stand by her until in God's given time, through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Joseph Fowler, born in Ohio this day of 1820. Moving to Kentucky at age twenty-four, he taught school while studying law. Opposed to slavery and secession, he fled from Tennessee during the Civil War but returned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes William Warnock, born this day of 1838. He taught school for twelve years. During the Civil War, the young Republican enlisted as captain in the 95th Ohio Infantry. He fought at Vicksburg and Nashville. Union restored,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan celebrates the life of Hannibal Hamlin, born in Maine this day of 1809. He studied law while teaching school. His political career began with several terms in the state house. Age thirty-three, he won the first of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan lauds James Harlan, born to Illinois farmers this day of 1820. After graduating from what is now DePauw University, he relocated to Iowa. Age twenty-seven, he was elected public school superintendent. Age twenty-nine, the conscientious attorney was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Cassius Barnes, born in western New York this day of 1845. Age sixteen, he enlisted in the Union Army as a telegrapher. Peace restored, the young Republican decided to remain in Little Rock. President Ulysses Grant... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan highlights the Territory of Alaska. This day of 1912, William Howard Taft signed into law the Second Organic Act. Months earlier, the President had asked Congress to heed pleas from the Republican territorial delegate for such a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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"a man of great public spirit and enterprise" Grand Old Partisan salutes Joseph Gillespie, born this day of 1809. Age ten, he relocated with his family from Manhattan to downstate Illinois. He mined for lead and fought in the Black... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan celebrates Hawaiian statehood. This day of 1959, Dwight Eisenhower issued a proclamation admitting the Aloha State to the Union. A law passed in March had authorized the president to do it once certain conditions were met. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors John Niles, born near Hartford this day of 1787. After studying law, he edited several newspapers. His next career move was the state bench. A governor named him to a U.S. Senate vacancy. President Van Buren... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors John Crosman, born in upstate New York this day of 1820. He voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. During the Civil War, he relocated from California to Nevada and purchased a mine near Carson City. This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors John Jacob Rogers, born near Boston this day of 1881. He studied at Harvard University and Harvard Law School. His political career began on a town council. In 1912, the Republican attorney won the first of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan laments the confirmation of a Klansman, Democrat Senator Hugo Black, for the U.S. Supreme Court. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had nominated him knowing he had been in the Ku Klux Klan. Republicans protested, but the Democrat-controlled Senate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors George Coe, born near Rochester this day of 1811. After studying law, he relocated to Michigan. The anti-slavery Whig was a county prosecutor, then served one term in the state house and two in the state... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Grand Old Partisan