Where did the first Republican National Convention take place?

Where did the first Republican National Convention take place?



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Republican party held its first convention in Philadelphia – birthplace of the U.S. Constitution – in 1856.




The Grand Old Party of that time was largely made up of abolitionists who were passionate about freedom and equal opportunity, and bringing about the end of slavery was one of their chief priorities. The GOP was first formally organized in July 1854 in Jackson, Michigan, just two years before holding its debut convention. Source: GOP official website




Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is notable for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites. Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film “Rocky.”