FIRST REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

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first rep convention

The first Republican National Convention was held at Lafayette Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 22–February 23, 1856. At this convention, the Republican Party was formally organized on a national basis, and the first Republican National Committee was elected. The first Republican National Convention to nominate a presidential candidate convened from June 17–-June 19, 1856 at the Musical
Fund Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 1860 convention nominated the
first successful GOP presidential candidate, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois
.

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