Silver Republican Party

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Silver Republican Party
LeaderFred Dubois
Henry M. Teller
Founded1896 (1896)
Dissolved1900 (1900)
Split fromRepublican Party
Merged intoRepublican Party
Democratic Party (minority)
IdeologyAgrarianism
Bimetallism
Liberalism
Political positionCentre-left
International affiliationNone
Colors     Red

The Silver Republican Party was a United States political party in the 1890s. It was so named because it split from the Republican Party over the issues of free silver (effectively, expansionary monetary policy) and bimetallism. The main Republican Party supported the gold standard. Silver Republican strength was concentrated in the Western states where mining, particularly silver mining, was an important industry. Silver Republicans were elected to the Congress from several Western states. In 1896, Silver Republicans supported Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan over William McKinley. After 1900, the Silver Republican Party was on the decline and most of its members rejoined the Republican Party. However, some such as Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior Henry M. Teller of Colorado joined the Democratic Party.

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