Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Political Conventions

Musical Fund Hall

Musical Fund Hall, site of the first Republican National Convention in 1856. (Library Company of Philadelphia)

Library Company of Philadelphia

In 1856, the newly formed Republican Party met at the Musical Fund Hall at 808 Locust Street. For a party committed to combatting the evil of slavery, Philadelphia offered symbolic resonance as the birthplace of liberty. But many Philadelphia residents were wary of what they perceived as anti-slavery radicalism of the new party.

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