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Encyclopedia > United States Liberal Republican Party

The United States Liberal Republican Party was a political party formed in 1872 to oppose the administration of the then-current President, Ulysses S. Grant. The party's candidate in that year's presidential election was New York Times editor Horace Greeley. Following his nomination by the Liberal Republicans, Greeley was also nominated by the Democratic Party. By 1876, the Liberal Republican Party had ceased to exist. However, many political scientists believe that, by loosening the allegiance of liberal elements to the Republican Party, the Liberal Republicans made it possible for these elements to subsequently move to the Democratic Party.

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The Liberal Republican Party of the United States was a political party formed in 1872 to oppose the reelection of President Ulysses S. Grant.
Many of the original founders of the Republican party and leaders of the Civil War joined the movement, including its nominee Horace Greeley, Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, Lyman Trumbull of Illinois, Cassius Marcellus Clay of Kentucky, and Charles Francis Adams of Massachusetts.
The Democrats and their Liberal Republican allies feared the war was a tragedy, They recoiled against centralization, and sought to recapture the purity of prewar days through reconciliation and respect for the autonomy of the states.
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