Today In History- February 28

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Republican Party established in Wisconsin.

  • Ripon, Wisconsin

During a chaotic time in American politics, on Feb. 28, 1854, the U.S. Republican Party was organized in Wisconsin.  Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, the party grew in prominence with the election of Abraham Lincoln as president, and was of particular influence during the Civil War and Reconstruction.