Republicans from many state parties held their first national organizational meeting in Pittsburgh on February 22, 1856. Presiding over this preliminary session was former U.S. Senator Lawrence Brainerd (VT), a resolute anti-slavery activist.
The next day, delegates chose the first Republican National Committee. New York's Republican state Chairman, Edwin Morgan, was then elected the first Chairman of the RNC. He had the immense responsibility of organizing the first Republican National Convention, to be held just four months later in Philadelphia. Morgan would later be elected Governor of New York and U.S. Senator.
So, today is the 153rd anniversary of the RNC. We honor the patriots, the heroes, the visionaries who gave us our Grand Old Party.From: Grand Old Partisan