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Barack Obama Gaffe: Lincoln Founder Of The Republican Party

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    Barack Obama Gaffe: Lincoln Founder Of The Republican Party

    The Quote:

    We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union, founder of the republican Party, But in the middle of a Civil War, he was also a leader who looked to the future.

    The Gaffe:

    Lincoln did not join the Republicans until 1856, over two years after the party was founded. The first Republican convention was held in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1854.

    Lincoln wasn’t even the GOP’s first Presidential nominee; the first Republican nominee was John C. Fremont in 1856. As the Independence Hall Association recalls, the actual founders of the Republican Party are “Northern leaders such as Horace Greeley, Salmon Chase and Charles Sumner.” Lincoln joined early, as did other anti-slavery Whigs whose party was unraveling at the time, and Lincoln came in second for the 1856 vice-presidential nomination, but he was not a founder of the party.  By the time he became a factor in the GOP, the party had already taken a majority in the House of Representatives (1855); it also carried 11 states and 114 electoral votes in the 1856 election that sent Democrat James Buchanan to the White House.