The history of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans (MACR) begins in the early 20th Century. Still in its relative infancy, the Republican Party was quickly expanding across the country. Recognizing the need to galvanize university student engagement, College Republican chapters were being established all across the United States. Scholarly Massachusetts was no exception.
One of these early College Republicans chapters can be found at Amherst College. Future Massachusetts Governor, President of the United States, and conservative icon Calvin Coolidge was an active member. The relationships he built at Amherst would follow him throughout his political career. Other chapters in Boston, Cambridge, Bridgewater, and Worcester were quickly springing up as well.
During President William Howard Taft's 1912 re-campaign, President Taft made frequent campaign stops throughout the Commonwealth. Many of these visits centered around college towns and campuses, further inspiring students into political activism.
By 1916, MACR had officially been recognized as a student wing of the Republican Party. In the later-half of the 20th Century, MACR would play a critical role in securing conservative wins throughout Massachusetts and on the national stage.
The 21st Century has brought renewed enthusiasm to the Republican cause . In 2010 and 2017, MACR played a critical role in securing Mitt Romney's and Charlie Baker's respective wins for Governor of Massachusetts. Moreover, thanks in part to hundreds of passionate MACR volunteers, Scott Brown secured a stunning victory in the 2010 Senate special election, making him the first Republican to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since 1972.
Today, MACR continues to support conservative candidates and causes across the Commonwealth with our grassroots campaigns and engaging activism. Our members come from every walk of life, representing the Republican commitment of equality, fairness and freedom for all. MACR state leadership also works closely with local chapters, providing them with the resources and support they need to continue spreading conservative values from Cape Cod in the east to the Berkshire Mountains in the west.
We believe that the best days for MACR, the Republican Party, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States are still ahead of us. Only by looking towards our core values and traditions can we hope to solve our time's most pressing issues.
Join us in building a better tomorrow, today!
Who We Are
The Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans (MACR) operates as a branch of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC), which is the nation's oldest, largest and most active youth political organization. Founded in 1892, the CRNC includes over 250,000 CR's, spread over 1,800 campus organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The CRNC operates as an independent, section 527 political organization.
The Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans (MACR) is the largest youth force supporting conservative values in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
It is the pledge of the Alliance to support College Republicans on campuses throughout Massachusetts, to encourage communication and networking among chapters and to continuously challenge the ideological inequity at our universities.
MACR will do its part to end the "one-party mindset" in the Commonwealth by supporting diverse, intellectual conversations and fostering an environment of mutual respect among students of higher education and residents.
MACR will continue to advance conservative causes and candidates by promoting lecture series, debates, conservative publications, campaign/volunteer opportunities and greater chapter cooperation.
Together, we look towards our past to help lead us to a better tomorrow!