The Republican Party is the second oldest currently existing political party in the U.S. behind the Democratic Party.
Take a look at a timeline of the the key dates, events, leaders and policies that make up the history of the Republican Party.
The modern day Republican Party is born in a schoolhouse in Wisconsin in 1854.
The very first national convention takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1856.
Abraham Lincoln becomes the First Republican President in 1861. He serves until his assassination in 1865.
Ulysses S. Grant is elected in 1869 and becomes the first Republican president to serve for two full terms.
The Republican Elephant is born in 1874.
William McKinley is elected President in 1897. The election of William McKinley in 1896 is widely seen as a resurgence of Republican dominance.
Theodore Roosevelt is elected President in 1901.
Dwight Eisenhower is elected President in 1953.
Richard Nixon becomes President in 1969.
The Watergate scandal begins in 1972.
Ronald Reagan is elected President in 1981. In 1987, Reagan made a famous speech at the Berlin wall asking Mr. Gorbachev to "tear down the wall."
George W. Bush becomes President in 2001, 12 years after his father is first elected President.
Iraq War begins in 2003.
Most recently, John McCain and Sarah Palin concede the 2008 Presidential election.
To read more about the history of the Republican Party, go to GOP.com.
The couple was stranded for days along with thousands of other U.S. tourists
A Santa Maria woman shares her personal story about her addiction to heroin.
City Council decided to move forward with a private investigation from an unbiased outside investigator to find out what really happened between two city employees.
Fall has arrived and so has flu season.
More than two thousand women and girls compete in the She.is.Beautiful run in Santa Barbara.
The California film industry is getting a big financial boost if they continue to use the Golden State for the backdrop of films and television shows.
Long range water supply issues may be resolved with a sweeping plan that includes suggestions from the public in Santa Barbara County.
The long awaited La Entrada de Santa Barbara hotel and retail project is expected to become a reality in the next two years, but construction permits are still a few days off.
Breaking up is hard to do, even for celebrities. Take a look at the notable celebrity splits of 2014.
Thomas Reiner/CNN iReport
Autumn officially starts Monday evening, which means trees are about to put on a brilliant show. Find out why leaves change colors every fall.
No email address was supplied by
To complete your registration on this site, please supply an address.
Please confirm or modify the email address to which you will have subscription offers sent.
For a more personalized experience, please supply the following optional information.