First Republican National Convention - Philadelphia 1856
1880 Republican National Convention Top # 13 Facts
Percentage of Votes Cast for Republicans, 1856 - 2008
USA: SAN FRANCISCO: IKE ACCEPTS: (1956)
20th March 1854: U.S. Republican Party founded at a meeting in a schoolhouse in Wisconsin
The 1856 Republican National Convention, also known as the first Republican National Convention, met from June 17 to June 19, 1856, at the Musical Fund Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The gathering nominated John C. Frémont, formerly a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and Senator from California, and former Senator William Dayton of New Jersey for President and Vice President. Frémont and Dayton were the new party's standard-bearers in the 1856 presidential election. The convention also appointed a Republican National Committee to govern the new organization.