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Resolution of the "Conservative Republicans" in Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, June 28, 1866.

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Calling themselves "Conservative Republicans," a political grouping that would quickly become allied with the Democratic Party assembled in a convention in Des Moines, Iowa. With former Union general and former Democratic candidate for governor, Thomas Hart Benton, Jr. in the chair, the gathering sought to establish a "new" political party opposed to the radical wing of the Republican Party, to be known as the "National Union" party.  This was by now a familiar tactic across the country, designed to recruit disgruntled conservative Republicans to the Democratic Party. The meeting's main resolutions below laid out the complaints against the Republican Party in Congress and described well the main issues beginning to divide American politics as Reconstruction went on. The regular Democratic Party convention two weeks later decided to adopt almost all the candidates to Conservative Republicans had nominated for stte office. (By John Osborne)  

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