Republican Party history

POSTED: 12:14 PM PDT September 27, 2012    UPDATED: 8:53 AM PST November 4, 2013 

The Republican Party is the second oldest currently existing political party in the U.S. behind the Democratic Party. Take a look at a timeline of the key dates, events, leaders and policies that make up the history of the Republican Party.

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The very first national convention takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1856.

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