Pasadena Republican Club

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Pasadena Republican Club
RPC
LA County Incorporated Areas Pasadena highlighted.svg
Greater Pasadena Area
Formation29 March 1884 (1884-03-29)
FounderColonel Jabez Banbury
Founded atPasadena, California
HeadquartersPasadena, California
Volunteers for 3 year term
AffiliationsRepublican Party of Los Angeles County and California Republican Party
Websitehttp://www.pasadenarepublicanclub.com

Pasadena Republican Club (PRC) is the oldest, continuously active Republican club in America, founded on March 29, 1884. Every two years for the last 134 years the Pasadena Republican Club has operated the Greater Pasadena Area Republican Headquarters in Pasadena, California with the help of volunteers. Greater Pasadena Area Republican Headquarters supports the towns in the west side of the San Gabriel Valley.[1][2] Pasadena Republican Club works closely with Republicans running for office of the California's 41st State Assembly district.[3][4]

The Pasadena Republican Club helps Republican candidates get elected to federal, state, and local office. Pasadena Republican Club is funded by membership donations and general donations.

Pasadena Republican Club also hosts forums during the year on many different subject, promoting educational programs of interest to the general public. Past speakers have included: First Lady Laura Bush,[5][6][7]Secretary of State of California Bruce McPherson, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and more. The Pasadena Republican Club has a volunteer board of directors that make quarterly newsletters, voter guides and invitations to local events.[8]

History[edit]

Colonel Jabez Banbury, Pasadena Republican Club first president, a veteran of the Civil War, and California politician in California State Assembly. Treasurer for Los Angeles county, founding member of the Pasadena School Board of Trustees and the first treasurer of Pasadena Ca. An early settler of Pasadena. (4 March 1831 - 9 Dec. 1900)
Colonel J. Banbury home on South Orange Grove Avenue, that he built in 1876. This was the second home built in Pasadena

Pasadena Republican Club was started on March 29, 1884, ten years after the founding of Pasadana. Colonel Jabez Banbury was the first president of the Club. Banbury was one of the early settlers and founders of Pasadena and a veteran of the Civil War from 5th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Banbury was stock holder in the San Gabriel Orange Grove Association.[9] After the war, with Thomas Croft, Banbury purchased a large lot of land in Pasadena on Orange Grove Ave between Colorado Boulevard and California Street.[10][11] Banbury was also a treasurer for Los Angeles county and the first treasurer of Pasadena. Banbury was one of the founders of the Rose Parade and founding member of the Pasadena School Board of Trustees.[12][13] Banbury went on to served a term in the California State Assembly.[14][15][16] Banbury had twin daughters, named Jennie and Jessie. The two became the first students to attended Pasadena's first school on Orange Grove. The second home built in Pasadena was Colonel J. Banbury's ranch home on South Orange Grove Avenue, near the current Tournament of Roses' Wrigley Mansion.[17]

In 1884 Ben E. Ward was the club secretary. Ward published Pasadena's first newspaper, The Chronicle . Banbury, Ward, and H. W. Magee went on to be delegates to a Los Angeles Republican convention that voted on delegates to the Republican State convention, for the selection of the Republican candidate for US Congress Sixth District. On July 23, 1884 Henry Markham was nominated by the sixth district Republican caucus. Markham was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1885 to 1887. He declined to be a candidate for re-nomination in 1886. During his campaign for Governor, Markham was referred to as "the dashing colonel from Pasadena." Markham won his race for Governor and was the 18th governor of California from January 8, 1891 until January 11, 1895. Markham was a member of the Pasadena Republican Club. He died in Pasadena on October 9, 1923.[18] From 1896 to 1906, the Pasadena Republican Club has a subdivision called The American Club, this club was a marching band, of flags and musical instruments. Very active at holiday times and Presidential election times. In 1894 Pasadena Republican Club member, James McLachlan was elected as a Republican to the United States House, defeating Democrat George S. Patton, Sr. He served in the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897).[19] John Carl Hinshaw, a club member, was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939 until his death in 1956.[20][21] In the 1950s and 1960s the Pasadena Republican Club sponsored a Young Republicans chapter.[22][23][24]

In 1909 the Pasadena Republican Club celebrated its 25th anniversary, the guest speaker was George Russell Davis. Davis served as president of the Pasadena Republican Club and a member Republican County Executive Committee of Los Angeles county before his appointment to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in 1909. In 1934 the Pasadena Republican Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner, the guest speaker was Congressman William E. Evans. In March 1984 the Pasadena Republican Club celebrated its 100th anniversary with a grand dinner at the Huntington Sheraton Hotel, some of the guest speakers were Carlos Moorhead and Dick Mountjoy. In 2009 the Pasadena Republican Club celebrated its 125th anniversary and opened the Greater Pasadena Area Republican Headquarters on North Lake Ave.[25][26][27]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ lagop.org, Republican Party of Los Angeles County Headquarters
  2. ^ Elaine Klock, longest HQ president
  3. ^ LA Times, latimes.com, Hope for a GOP resurrection is alive and well in Pasadena, by Steve Lopez Los Angeles Times Staff writer
  4. ^ flickr.com, The 2004 Pasadena Republican Club Headquarters on Foothill Blvd
  5. ^ flickr.com, Laura Bush at the Pasadena Republican Club with HQ Chair
  6. ^ lickr.com, Laura Bush at the Pasadena Republican Club
  7. ^ Laura Bush at the PRC HQ, album
  8. ^ prnewswire.com, Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Simon to Speak to Pasadena Republican Club
  9. ^ civilwarnotebook, Colonel Jabez Banbury
  10. ^ Pasadena Independent from Pasadena, California, Page 17, May 10, 1965
  11. ^ pasadenahistory.org, Pasadena Museum of History, Thomas Croft: The Man Who Owned Pasadena for a Day, By Nick Smith
  12. ^ The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California, Page 338, January 26, 1958
  13. ^ History of Pasadena
  14. ^ findagrave.com, Jabez Banbury
  15. ^ Los Angeles Herald, Number 70, Jabez Banbury, December 10, 1900
  16. ^ mtn-view.com, About and History of Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery
  17. ^ Water and Power Associates, Early Views of Pasadena
  18. ^ History of Pasadena, comprising an account of the native Indian, 1895, By Hiram a. Reid, a. M., M. D., page 228, Published by Pasadena History Company
  19. ^ bioguide.congress.gov, James McLachlan
  20. ^ Thirty Years in Pasadena, by Lon F. Chapin, 1929
  21. ^ Pasadena- Historical and Personal, by J. W. Wood, 1917
  22. ^ Pasadena Independent from Pasadena, California, Page 15, April 23, 1962
  23. ^ Pasadena Independent from Pasadena, California, Page 8, February 10, 1960
  24. ^ Pasadena Independent from Pasadena, California, Page 11, September 13, 1960
  25. ^ Pasadena: Its Early Years, by Henry Markham, 1964
  26. ^ Pasadena Republican Club 125th year anniversary Election Headquarters on flickr.com
  27. ^ Pasadena Republican Club Election Headquarters 2006 on flickr.com

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