Republicans celebrate 160th birthday in Exeter
According to the New Hampshire GOP, the party was formed when Exeter resident and former Congressman Amos Tuck invited 14 people from various political parties to a secret meeting at the Major Blake Hotel where he spoke of the need to work together given their shared anti-slavery philosophy.
Four different parties came together in 1853 because they knew it was the only way to succeed in the movement to abolish slavery, Griset said.
"We have a duty to continue those efforts and preserve those principles," Griset said.
Saturday's event speakers, Rogers Johnson, Leann Moccia, Regina Birdsell and Griset, talked about different aspects of the party's history, including its leading role in the Civil Rights and the Women's Suffrage movements.
"There are a lot of factions in the Republican Party, or whatever you want to call them, but that has always been true," Moccia said. "What the Republican party has always been able to do is find the common thread that unites us."
Local Republicans, including state Sen. Nancy Stiles, Doug and Stella Scamman and J..P Marzullo, vice-chairman of the NHGOP, helped celebrate the anniversary with the cutting of a large cake. Recently announced Republican congressional candidate Dan Innis also attended.
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