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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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Grand Old Partisan salutes Thomas Haughey. The teenager immigrated from Scotland, eventually settling in Alabama. He attended New Orleans Medical College. Prior to the Civil War, Haughey opposed slavery. In his words: "Having taken a prominent part against secession, and... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Macon Allen, born in Indiana, August 4th 1816. The ambitious schoolteacher relocated to Maine and studied law under the tutelage of an abolitionist who later co-founded the state GOP. Passing the bar in July 1844 made... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan thanks the Republican Party for providing the nation’s capital its motto. In 1871, the GOP-controlled 42nd Congress abolished the administrative bodies for Washington City and Georgetown and Washington County, merging them into a new entity called the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Oliver Spaulding, born in New Hampshire, August 2nd 1833. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio, then relocated to Michigan and studied law. Outbreak of civil war, Spaulding enlisted as captain. His regiment battled through Tennessee, Georgia... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes John Fugh. At sixteen, he immigrated from China, fleeing the Communists. His father had been an aide to the U.S. ambassador. He studied at Georgetown University and George Washington University Law School. In 1960, Fugh enlisted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates the wisdom of Republican giants of the past. July 31st 1981, President Ronald Reagan expressed his vision for a patriotic and compassionate immigration policy: "Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan explains the origin of the Small Business Administration. In 1953, Republicans wanted to abolish the Depression-era Reconstruction Finance Corporation. Two decades of Democrat rule had corrupted it, focused on big business. Dwight Eisenhower called on Congress to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan focuses on Nebraska. Soon after statehood achieved, the GOP-controlled legislature passed a bill providing for a state capital to be located in the southeastern part of the state. Empowered to designate the exact site was a commission... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan spotlights a recent interview about Back to Basics for the Republican Party. That book is my pro-GOP history of the GOP. And, every day, www.grandoldpartisan.com celebrates more than sixteen decades of Republican heroes and heroics. J.R. Carman,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan highlights a political ritual of days gone by. Originally, presidential and vice presidential nominees did not attend the conventions. Instead, party leaders visited them at their homes, with news of their being nominated. Nominees then delivered speeches,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors William Henry Steward, born in Kentucky, July 26th 1847. Though enslaved, he attended school, eventually becoming a teacher. After several years working for a railroad, the Rutherford Hayes administration hired him as the state’s first black... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Jasper Blackburn, born in Arkansas, July 24th 1820. Having apprenticed as a printer, he published several local newspapers. Unlike most neighbors, he opposed slavery. His was the only southern newspaper to denounce a Democrat Representative for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the Judicial Circuits Act, signed July 23rd 1866. Republicans thereby blocked Democrat President Andrew Johnson from nominating anyone to the U.S. Supreme Court. It was passed by the GOP-controlled 39th Congress, following the recommendation of Chief... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Socrates Sherman, born July 22nd 1801. He studied medicine in Vermont and settled in upstate New York. As a Republican, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1860. Among the GOP’s legislation receiving... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates Republican reverence for our nation’s heritage. July 21st 1892, Benjamin Harrison issued the proclamation making Columbus Day a national holiday. In addition to boosting patriotism, the President’s motivations were honoring Italians and all immigrants. "Now, therefore,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Elisha Dyer, born in Providence, July 20th 1811. After graduation from Brown University, his career began at the family merchandising business. Five years he served as chief administrative officer of the state militia. He established an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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"He had the qualities which men have admired in all ages — lofty intellect, profound reason, a sympathetic mind, graceful delivery, a magnetic voice, and an attractive personality, all necessary in a successful leader and public speaker." Grand Old Partisan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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"a man who had the strength of character to fight unabashedly for what he believed in and for what he felt in his heart was in the best interest of the nation" Grand Old Partisan lauds Samuel Hayakawa, born in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan laments Democrat Vote Fraud. Were it not for Slavery Party Evil, this dire warning would not be today’s reality. July 17th 2020, Mike Pence spoke on behalf of a visionary: "Allow me to begin by bringing greetings... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Eunice Carter, born July 16th 1899. Her parents were a national leader of the Young Men’s Christian Association and a suffragist. Democrat oppression led the family to flee Atlanta, to Brooklyn. Governor Calvin Coolidge advised her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan reveres the greatest Republican of them all. Abraham Lincoln was the first actual person depicted on a U.S. coin. President Theodore Roosevelt instructed his Treasury Secretary to develop coinage with more artistic designs. This undertaking included a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the founding of the Vermont Republican Party. Outraged by pro-slavery Democrats, friends of freedom in the Green Mountain State called for a convention to replace the Whig Party with a broad coalition of anti-slavery activists. Invited... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Frank Morey, born in Boston, July 11th 1840. He relocated to Illinois at age seventeen and studied law. Outbreak of civil war, the young patriot enlisted in the state’s 33rd Infantry and rose to be its... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Wilhelm Thielepape, born near Frankfurt, July 10th 1814. He studied engineering at university. Age thirty, he emigrated to Texas, for work as surveyor and architect. Other ventures including teaching secondary school and editing an anti-slavery newspaper.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan appreciates Republican focus on America paying "its debt to the past by reclaiming the purity of its air, its waters, and our living environment." Richard Nixon said that. July 9th 1970, the President submitted to Congress his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Grand Old Partisan