History

Formation:

On September 25, 1865, the Friends of Universal Suffrage of Louisiana met in Economy Hall in New Orleans and voted to become the Republican Party of Louisiana.  The Convention transcript was printed at the New Orleans Tribune Office, No. 21 Conti Street, 1865.

The transcript of the convention proceedings can be purchased from ForgottenBooks.com at this link:

Proceedings of the Convention of the Republican Party of Louisiana

Held at Economy Hall, New Orleans, September 25, 1865, and of the Central Executive Committee of the Friends of Universal Suffrage of Louisiana, Now, “the Central Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana”

TO THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FRIENDS OF UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE:

GENTLEMEN:

Your Committee on Printing, to whom was assigned the duty of publishing in pamphlet form the proceedings of the “Convention of the Republican Party of Louisiana,” and of the “Central Executive Committee of the Republican Party,” respectfully report:

That they have performed the duty assigned to them, and submit the same for your consideration.

They believe that this pamphlet will be a useful manual in the hands of the unenfranchised, and will exhibit to the people and their representatives that FOUR AND A HALF MILLIONS of true and law-abiding citizens will not remain deprived of their rights and privileges of citizenship.

ANSEL EDWARDS, Chairman.

THOMAS LYNNE,

ARNAUD COMMAGERE.

New Orleans, October 20th, 1865.