EXETER — On Sat., October 12, Republicans will gather in Exeter to celebrate the Republican Party’s 160th Anniversary.
One hundred and sixty years ago, Exeter resident and former Congressman, Amos Tuck invited 14 individuals representing various political parties to a meeting in Exeter. On October 12, 1853, members of the Whig, Free Soil, Independent Democrat and American parties met in Major Blake’s Hotel in Exeter. At that meeting, Tuck spoke of the need for these parties that shared a common anti-slavery philosophy, to work together. The meeting invitation stated the gathering’s purpose was “harmonizing the different party organizations whereby a more united cooperation can be secured and the four parties may pull together under one title of organization.”
The attendees agreed that they needed to find a way to work together upon which Tuck suggested that they form a new party and that it be called the Republican Party.
A few months later, others met in Ripon, Wisconsin and made the same suggestion, and soon thereafter, the first Republican state convention was held in Jackson, Michigan. The first national convention was held in Philadelphia in 1856, and seven years after the Exeter meeting, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President.
To mark the historic meeting, the Exeter Republican Town Committee, the Rockingham County Republican Committee, Seacoast Republican Women and the New Hampshire Republican State Committee will celebrate Amos Tuck Day in Exeter.
The similarities between today and what Tuck spoke about in 1853 are evident. A spectrum of philosophies has arisen within the Republican Party. This celebration will demonstrate that the Republican Party, as it was back in Tuck’s day, is big enough to encompass all of these philosophies with a few underlying goals. Among those goals are a smaller, less intrusive government and sound fiscal policies.
The celebration will be held in the historic Exeter Town Hall on October 12, at 4:00 p.m. The celebration will conclude with the cutting of the 160th Anniversary “birthday” cake.