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The College Republicans is the section of the Republican Party of the United States for college and university students. It is represented nationally by College Republican National Committee which organizes and assists chapters nation wide. Notable College Republicans include Karl Rove, Lee Atwater and Grover Norquist. Today there are over 1140 chapters across the United States with around 200,000 students.
The College Republicans' activities vary from chapter to chapter. Typical activities include inviting guest speakers (often elected officials or party activists), arranging for members of the club to work on campaigns, and organizing students for letter-writing campaigns or phone banks. Local clubs also organize voter registration drives.
The College Republicans were founded on May 17, 1892, at the University of Michigan by James Francis Burke . The organization was christened by Ohio Governor William McKinley with students from institutions as far away as Stanford University and Harvard University present. That same year, Burke was elected the youngest Secretary of the Republican National Committee.
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