The Republican Party was born in the early 1850’s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name “Republican” was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont.” Even though they were considered a “third party” because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33% of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.
The Civil War erupted in 1861 and lasted four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.
The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor women’s suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917.
The Westmoreland County Republican Committee is located in downtown Greensburg, at 23 N Maple Ave, Greensburg, PA.
Our Committee has been extremely successful in recent elections, with Republicans candidates achieving victory up and down the ballot.
In 2019 we flipped back the County Commissioners to a majority Republican Board and won races all over the county by great margins.
In 2020 we increased our gains in our Westmoreland Legislative Delegation and delivered over 63% of the vote for President Trump! The rest of the down ballot also did extremely well and statewide we won two offices – PA Treasurer and PA Auditor General.
Thank you to everyone who supported this committee with your time and resources, we were able to get our information into the hands of tens of thousands of voters!
101 Courthouse Square
Greensburg, PA 15601