1) Strom Thurmond, the Dixiecrat presidential candidate
2) John Tower
3) William C. Cramer
4) Edward Gurney
5) Dave Treen
*Republicans never adopted racist or sexist policy because Republicans in the past were socially progressive / liberal, while Democrats in the past were socially conservative, by definition.
*Abe Lincoln was a Republican, a socially / economically progressive liberal who supported government expansion and helped fund the transcontinental railroad.
*MLK jr was not a Republican, he was non partisan.
King was not a partisan and never endorsed any political candidate. In a 1958 interview, King said “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”