Reform Party (19th-century Wisconsin)

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The Reform Party, also called Liberal Reform Party or People's Reform Party was a short-lived coalition of Democrats, reform and Liberal Republicans, and Grangers formed in 1873 in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, which secured the election for two years of William Robert Taylor as Governor of Wisconsin,[1] as well as electing a number of state legislators.

By 1875, with Taylor having lost his bid for re-election, the coalition had begun to dissolve; Greenbackers, who advocated some of the same policies, began to run their own candidates in 1876.[2] The last edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book listing a legislator as "Reform" was that of 1878, in which Francis Steffen is described as a "Reform Democrat" (but had defeated a Greenback opponent in 1877).[3]

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