Today in Michigan History

July 6, 1854

Michiganders gathered in Jackson and formed the national Republican party.

About 1,500 Whigs, Democrats and Free-Soilers opposed to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the extension of slavery gathered near Jackson. Although an earlier group in Wisconsin called themselves Republicans, the Jackson group was the first to approve a statewide platform and nominate a slate of candidates.

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