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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 highlights Republican opposition to the Democrats' slave system. October 25th 1858, Senator William Seward warned of an inevitable clash between freedom and tyranny: "Our country is a theater which exhibits in full operation two radically different political... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Noah Brooks, born in Maine this day of 1830. Having moved to Illinois in 1856, the abolitionist campaigned for the Republican presidential nominee and became friends with Abraham Lincoln. Settling in Washington during the Civil War... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the New York City women's suffrage parade. October 23rd 1915, fifty thousand people marched, cheered by two hundred thousand spectators. Their purpose was winning support for a referendum to extend voting rights to women in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes John Chafee, born in Providence, October 22nd 1922. He enlisted in the Marines, fighting at Guadalcanal and Okinawa. After graduation from Yale University and Harvard Law School, he commanded an infantry company in the Korean War.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Ralph Cameron, born October 21st 1863. After five years fishing in Newfoundland, he clerked at a Boston store. Moving to Flagstaff at age twenty-six, he prospected near the Grand Canyon. Seeing its tourism potential, the entrepreneur... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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"exemplified the highest and best life of the American citizen" "of rare social qualities, of unusual business and executive abilities" Grand Old Partisan honors Marshall Jewell, born October 20th 1825. He apprenticed at his father's leather tannery, then made savvy... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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"a statesman, a patriot, an honest man, and an exemplary Christian" Grand Old Partisan honors Waitman Willey, born in Virginia, October 18th 1811. Overcoming extreme poverty, he earned a college degree and studied law. He was presidential elector for the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan acclaims Republican opposition to the Ku Klux Klan. October 12th 1871, Ulysses Grant warned that he would crack down on Democrat terrorists who were savaging African-Americans in South Carolina. The state was "under the domination of systematic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Theodore Van Buren Coupland, born in Alabama, October 16th 1836. He relocated to Texas as a youth. Outbreak of civil war, the patriot escaped to Union-held territory and was commissioned major of the 1st (U.S.) Texas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan highlights the Grace Bedell story. To her, Abraham Lincoln owed his iconic bearded look. October 15th 1860, the eleven-year-old wrote the Republican presidential nominee: "I have yet got four brothers and part of them will vote for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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"the peer of the noblest of those who surrounded him" Grand Old Partisan praises Henry Selden, born October 14th 1805. Age twenty, he settled in upstate New York to study law. The state appellate court named him its case reporter.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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"a man of high ability and a leading Republican" Grand Old Partisan honors Oran Faville, born near Albany, October 13th 1817. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he taught at various colleges. He later settled in Iowa and was elected a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan spotlights a noteworthy moment in our nation's capital. October 12th 1901, Theodore Roosevelt gave the presidential residence its current name. He ordered "The White House Washington" placed on his stationary. Before then, the building had been known... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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"one of the best known and best loved men who ever lived in Oklahoma" Grand Old Partisan salutes John Robert Thomas, born October 11th 1846. Outbreak of civil war, he enlisted in the Union Army and rose to lead a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Huan Nguyen. The teenager arrived in the United States after the fall of Saigon. As he recalled: "I was one of those refugees, apprehensive about an uncertain future, yet feeling extremely grateful that I was here... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Leonard Wood, born October 9th 1860. Graduating from Harvard Medical School, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Apache conflict. His career flourished as personal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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"Never did he lack courage, nor initiative, nor vision." Grand Old Partisan honors Ichabod Goodwin, born October 8th 1794. He prospered as a merchant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Among his business ventures were ships, railroads, banks, and a textile factory.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Sayles Bowen, born October 7th 1813. His career began in merchandising. He moved from upstate New York to the nation's capital for a Treasury Department clerkship. Democrat President James Polk fired him for opposing slavery. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Thomas Mundy Peterson, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey this day of 1824. He worked as a janitor and handyman. His politics were Republican. To compel Democrats to allow African-Americans to vote, congressional Republicans wrote and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan acclaims Republican respect for human rights. October 5th 1988, President Ronald Reagan dedicated the cornerstone of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. "We gather here today, as we have been so eloquently told here, for a solemn, profound,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Rutherford Hayes, born near Columbus this day of 1822. The scholarly youth excelled at Kenyon College and Harvard Law School. His legal practice in Cincinnati defended many slaves fleeing from Kentucky. He entered politics as a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Timothy Thomas Fortune, born a slave in Florida, October 3, 1856. He attended a Freedmen's Bureau school, then a school named for Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War. The enterprising youth worked for the GOP-controlled legislature and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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"a longstanding leader and groundbreaking role model" Grand Old Partisan honors Patricia Diaz Dennis, born in New Mexico, October 2nd 1946. She studied at UCLA and Loyola Law School. Her career began at a law firm, followed by a utility... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Richard Cavazos, born near Corpus Christi in 1929. The resolute Mexican-American studied geology at Texas Tech University while with its ROTC program. He was awarded a Silver Star and a Distinguished Service Cross for valor during... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan highlights Republican respect for all Americans. This day of 1889, a state convention approved a constitution for Wyoming. Among its provisions was guaranteeing voting rights for women. Of the forty-nine delegates, thirty-one were Republicans and eighteen Democrats.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Grand Old Partisan