…there was an anti-slavery Wesleyan Young Men’s Republican Club. From the Special Collections and Archives blog:
The 1856 election was an extremely controversial one, pitting Republican candidate John C. Fremont [above, left] against Democrat James Buchanan. The central issue of the election for many voters, and for Wesleyan’s Republican club in particular, was the proposed expansion of the institution of slavery into the territory of Kansas. Buchanan was known as a slavery expansionist, even supporting the annexation of Cuba for the purpose of building slave labor plantations there. Fremont ran on a free soil ticket, opposing the expansion of slavery to Kansas and Nebraska. In response to issues that they considered to be, “the most momentous presented to the American people since the adoption of the constitution,” a group of Wesleyan students founded the club on June 21, 1856.
The Wesleyan Republicans: fighting for democratic ideals like basic personal liberties and freedom from Obamacare since 1856.
[Via the Wesleyan Community Blog]