The Young Republicans are the oldest political youth organization in the United States. The first organized effort of the Young Republicans began in New York City in 1859; three years after the Republican Party selected its first presidential candidate. A year later, the YRs played a critical role in helping elect President Lincoln.
In 1931 the YRs were organized nationally. West Point graduate George H. Olmsted began to attract the attention of the leaders of the national Republican Party, and he was invited to meet with President Herbert Hoover at the White House.
President Hoover, so impressed with his visit with Olmsted, asked the young man to head the Young Republican division of the Republican Party, which Olmsted accepted. In 1935, the Young Republican division officially became the Young Republican National Federation, and Olmsted was elected the first president of our national organization.