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APPENDICES OF STATISTICS AND INFORMATION REQUIRED BY

ENLIGHTENED POLITICIANS AND PATRIOTIC CITIZENS.

BY FRANK A. FLOWER.

ILLUSTRATED.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.:
UNION BOOK COMPANY.

Entered According to Act of Congress, in the Year Eighteen Hundred and

Eighty-four.

BY FRANK A. FLOWER.

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

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PREFATORY REMARKS.

THI

HIS History of the REPUBLICAN Party is, as it was de

signed to be, partisan. But devotion to Republicanism does not imply apostacy from truth. The book contains nothing not known or believed to be true.

The volume is essentially historical, containing, it is firmly believed, a more authentic and detailed account of the early organization, struggles and disciples of the Republican Party than has hitherto been published in any form whatsoever. After tracing the growth of freedom and equality through a long period of darkness and crime, it presents sketches of all the Republican State movements in 1854; how, by whom and when the name Republican was suggested and adopted; a view of the Provisional Republican National Convention of February, 1956, and of the cight Nominating Conventions wbich bave followed it; the salient features of the various Political Campaigns; lists of Delegates by States to National Conventions; historical accounts of Republican Administrations and of the lives of the Republican Presidents; the Financial Achievements of the party; Election Methods in the South; Condition and Prospects of the African race; a succinct chapter on the Tariff; Letters of Acceptance of the Presidential candidates; Membership of National Committees since 1856; Official calls for Conventions; popular Biographies of James G. Blaine and John A. Logan, and much other interesting matter, together with Appendices of useful information not otherwise to be had in such convenient form.

The scope and contents of this volume amply justify the claim that it is not a catch-penny invention, put forth to reap a harvest from the enthusiasm and excitement of a Presidential campaign. It was planned as a work of permanent value.

For kindly aid in its preparation, the author desires to return special thanks to Isaac P. Christiancy, of Michigan; Jas. S. Clarkson, of Iowa; John Sherman and B. R. Cowen, of Ohio; H. C. Whitley, of Kansas; John Wentworth, of Illinois; Elisha W. Keyes and John Walworth, of Wisconsin; Mark D. Flower, of Minnesota; Alden Sprague, of Maine; George F. Hoar, of Massachusetts; Norman M. Allen, of New York; Schuyler Colfax, of Indiana, and the officers and members of the National Republican Committee.

The author is particularly desirous that young men should read and ponder the facts herein presented, that they may, perhaps, obtain a fuller understanding of the principles which guide and control this mighty Republic, and be further aided to judge intelligently which political party is most worthy of their support.

F. A. F. Madison, Wis., July 1, 1884.

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