THE PRESIDENCY: The Coolidge Week: Feb. 4, 1929

¶ The beginnings of the Republican Party remain somewhat of a mystery. Historians generally agree on the year as 1854. But the place is in dispute. Historian Charles A. Beard thinks that a mass meeting held in Ripon, Wis., was the true party matrix. Historian William Starr Myers of Princeton is inclined to agree and adds the name of one Alban E. Bovay as instigator of the meeting. But, Jackson, Mich., and Kansas City, Mo., also advance claims for the historic honor. Last week President Coolidge favorably...

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