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Grand Old Partisan
Washington, DC
I am a GOP historian and the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party.
Interests: the heritage of the Republican Party
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"a lawyer of learning and culture, well versed in the laws of taxation, and of good practical business ideas" "courteous, self-sacrificing, loyal friend of many, but a foe to all who would do harm to his race" Grand Old Partisan... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates coherent political messaging. September 27th 1994, Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives met on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to express their support for a Contract with America. Three hundred fifty-seven signators committed... Continue reading
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Grand Old Partisan salutes David Strother, born in Martinsburg, September 26th 1816. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in Europe. His drawings of rural scenes and historic sites, along with commentary, became popular for books... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan celebrates "the legacy of the first people to call this land home." September 23rd 2004, President George W. Bush hosted an opening ceremony for the National Museum of the American Indian. The President observed it to be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors George Washington Murray, born September 22nd 1853. He began life enslaved on a South Carolina cotton plantation. After emancipation, this ambitious youth attended the state university once the GOP-controlled legislature opened it to Black students. Murray... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan remembers Linwood Holton, born September 21st 1923. After serving on a submarine during WWII, he returned to study commerce at Washington and University then attended Harvard Law School. Holton set up a legal practice at Roanoke, becoming... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan applauds George Leonard White, born September 20th 1838. He directed various choirs and established a school for Black children. During the Civil War, his 73rd Ohio Infantry regiment fought at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Atlanta. Peace restored, White... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan lauds Ethan Allen Hitchcock, born in Alabama, September 19th 1835. His great-grandfather was the Revolutionary War hero, and his namesake uncle a Union Army general. Hitchcock started out managing a trading company at St. Louis. In 1860,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Henry Wells, born September 17th 1823. This conscientious attorney defended runaway slaves in Michigan. He joined the Republican Party and won election to the state house. Outbreak of civil war, Wells enlisted in a regiment deployed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors William Sproul, born in Pennsylvania, September 16th 1870. He started out editing the Morning Republican and another newspaper. This savvy investor went on to prosper in railroads, manufacturing and banking. Age twenty-six, Sproul won election to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan cheers for an early reference to baseball. By the 1850s, a version of the sport had become popular. In his first presidential campaign, Abraham Lincoln had three opponents: Stephen Douglas, northern Democrat; John Breckinridge, southern Democrat; John... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan spotlights the last presidential whistle-stop campaign tours. September 14th 1952, Dwight Eisenhower departed Philadelphia. Aboard his "Look Ahead Neighbor!" train car, the Republican nominee visited twelve midwestern states. He delivered eight major addresses and seventy brief appearances... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Daniel Davis, born near Bangor, September 12th 1843. During the Civil War, the young patriot served in the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry, then the 1st Maine Cavalry. Peace restored, he studied law. Davis served four... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan acclaims Henry Harrison, born in New Haven, September 11th 1821. He studied at Yale College and Yale Law School. This anti-slavery Whig state senator led opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act. After co-founding the Connecticut GOP, he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Abraham Kohn, born in Germany, September 10th 1819. He immigrated at twenty-one and established Chicago’s first Jewish synagogue. The tireless merchant was elected city clerk and delegate at the 1860 Republican National Convention. Democrats insulted him... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan spotlights the symbol of the 101st Airborne Division. The famous 'Screaming Eagle' was an actual bird named for a famous Republican President. Early during the Civil War, a bald eagle chick acquired by the 8th Wisconsin Infantry... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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"His allegiance to Republican principles was unfaltering." https://youtu.be/eIRyblVOIZg Grand Old Partisan honors Alexander Ramsey, born September 8th 1815. He studied at Penn State Dickinson Law. Whigs named him chief clerk of the legislature, then elected him a two-term Congressman. He... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan denounces Democrat depravity. After the Civil War, an unrepentant Slavery Party used the Ku Klux Klan and other thugs to terrorize Blacks. Alabama Republican Congressman Charles Hays wrote about it to Connecticut Republican Senator Joseph Hawley. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Frank Hiscock, born in upstate New York, September 6th 1834. Firmly opposed to slavery, he joined the Free Soil Party, then the GOP. The young lawyer was elected district attorney. Hiscock attended the 1876 Republican National... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors William McKinley, born September 5th 1856. He prospered in banking, and went on to bestow his fortune promoting education. In 1904, McKinley won the first of four consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan lauds Henry Connelly, born near Louisville in 1800. Though having studied medicine, he became a merchant, first in Chihuahua then New Mexico. President Abraham Lincoln named him territorial Governor. He took office September 4th 1861, replacing a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan highlights the 23rd Amendment. Electoral votes for the District of Columbia were first proposed in 1890 by Republican Senator Henry Blair. September 3rd 1959, Republican Senator Kenneth Keating introduced, to another bill, a provision that became the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates Republican concern for economic security. William Howard Taft’s Secretary of the Interior proposed creating a reserve oil supply for use in a national emergency. September 2nd 1912, the President issued an executive order. Federally-owned oil fields... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Galusha Grow, born August 31st 1824. He practiced law in Pennsylvania with David Wilmot, prominent opponent of slavery. Age twenty-seven, he won the first of six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Grow joined the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Roscoe Robinson, a 1951 graduate of West Point. He led a company in the Korean War and a battalion in the Vietnam War. President Richard Nixon promoted him to brigadier general. As a major general, he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2022 at Grand Old Partisan