On March 20, 1854, the Republican Party was founded in the United States. To celebrate the anniversary of this landmark event in U.S. political history, here are 5 facts you probably didn't know about the Grand Old Party...
The Elephant Symbol Was Adopted by the Republican Party in 1874
During Democrat Andrew Jackson’s campaign in 1828, the opposing party in the election often called him a “jackass,” but Jackson thought it was funny and began using the donkey to illustrate his stubbornness. In 1874, the famous 19th century Harper’s Weekly cartoonist Thomas Nast drew a cartoon depicting the donkey to represent Democrats and an elephant to represent the Republican Party. The image of an elephant representing the Republican party has stuck ever since.
The First Republican President Was Abraham Lincoln During the 1860 presidential election, he ran as a Republican, opposing John Breckinridge, a Democrat; John Bell, a member of the Constitutional Union Party; and Stephen Douglas, a Northern Democrat. Lincoln won the election with 303 electoral votes.
GOP Stands for “Grand Old Party” Republican Party was originally progressive and grew more conservative as time went on.Some people are mistaken about the meaning of the term GOP, and think that it stands for “government of the people.” However, the term was born following the Civil War to emphasize the party’s role in preserving the union and had been used earlier by Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson, who were both members of the early Democratic-Republican Party. According to Safire’s Political Dictionary, the term first appeared in print 1884.
There Have Been More Republican Than Democratic Presidents Since 1854, 19 U.S. presidents from the Republican party have been elected to office. Although the Democrats have been around much longer, only 13 presidents from this party have served in the highest office in the nation. Abraham Lincoln ranks as the top Republican president while Warren G. Harding might be a contender for the worst because of the corruption, fraud and bribery scandals that took place during his administration.
Famous Republicans While people usually think that Hollywood is very liberal, there are plenty of conservative republicans in the entertainment industry. What celebrities are Republicans, you ask? Current celebrities that support the Republican Party include Adam Sandler, Tim Allen, Clint Eastwood, L.L. Cool J, Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson, Jon Voight, and actress Heather Locklear just to name a few. Famous Republicans from yesteryear include actresses Jane Russell and Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Charlton Heston, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra.