National Affairs: A Second Party in Vermont

In Shaftsbury, Vt. last week, Republicans gathered to observe the tooth anniversary of the G.O.P.'s founding. Shaftsbury had a particular reason to celebrate. It is the birthplace of Jacob Merritt Howard, who wrote the first Republican platform in 1854 and later became a U.S. Senator. On hand for a chicken barbecue, parade and party rally were Vermont's governor, a U.S. Senator and other officials, Republicans all. G.O.P. National Chairman Leonard Hall was there, too. But the most important honor guest was Mrs. Ruth Howard Matteson, 97, Jacob Howard's grandniece.

In Vermont, which alone...

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