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Resolutions, Republican Party of Illinois in Convention, August 8, 1866, Springfield, Illinois

Illinois State House, Springfield, Illinois

In early August 1866, the Republican Party of Illinois held its convention to nominate candidates for the upcoming state and federal elections.  Delegates to the gathering in Springfield, Illinois, also passed a series of resolutions that in many ways summed up the state at the time of the relationships between the United States Congress and President Johnson.  In the clashes that the introduction of constitutional amendments had set off between the legislative and executive branches, the Illinois party stood firmly with the Republican-controlled federal legislature, holding that the Congress and not the executive branch was the ultimate legislative power of the land. President Johnson and the American people should acknowledge that. The resolutions also condemned the recent murderous rioting in New Orleans and laid the responsibility for the killings of loyalists there squarely at the feet of President Johnson.  (By John Osborne)

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