Quick Notes History  Presidential Politics Party Politics and Presidential Elections from 1788 to 2012
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Elections 1788-1824 
England's Political Influence Finally Ends

Federalists favored united through  a strong central government, close ties to Britain, a centralized banking system, and close links between the government and men of wealth who should run government. Republicans of Jefferson, Madison and Monroe  strongly opposed Alexander Hamilton's Federalist agenda of a strong central government. Instead they wanted more states rights in tour developing Democratic Federalist Republic. See Characteristics of Market System Capitalism and Political Economy.

Election Summaries

Federalist Party

Republican Party

"And Now the Rest of the Story"

Election 1788 and 1792 General George Washington running unopposed was the Electoral College choice. Farewell Address warned that a union of states would come under the most frequent attacks by foreign and domestic enemies, the importance of separation of powers and checks and balances, and political factions who obstruct the execution of laws. George Washington 1788 to early 1793
Bill of Rights added to the Constitution but didn't apply to state law until 1929.
Executive privilege was used to keep Jay Treaty documents from Congress. Think Pentagon Papers.
The Whiskey Rebellion of 1791against federal taxes failed. Think It was the first of many fights against taxes.
Election 1796 had political parties with the Jeffersonian-Republicans accusing the ruling Federalists of favoring a Oligarchy of the wealthy government. Most propionate Federalists Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was not nominated as he had created many enemies and would not beat Jefferson. John Adams 1793 to early 2001
Alien and Sedition Acts limited citizen rights and sent news people to jail as paranoia swept America as liberal democratic revolutions ravaged Europe. War would cause most Presidents to limit freedoms in the name of national security. 
Marbury v. Madison resulted in the process of
Judicial Review
which became as much a part of the constitution as the Bill of Rights. Was the SC creating law? Did SC go from 3rd to 1st in the power battle?

Election of 1800 resulted in an Electoral College tie and the outgoing House of Reprehensive elected Jefferson over Federalist Adams. The three-fifths compromise and increased slave numbers meant more southern victories and much future consternation. Political philosophy attributed to of Jefferson affected many for over 200 years.

T. Jefferson 18011808
Jefferson's inconsistency was verified by Louisiana Purchase as he ignored his strict constructionist.
Embargo Act of 1807
was another example of his ignoring strict interpretation.  It halted trade with Europe because their warring countries were not respecting freedom of the seas. It disproportionately hurt New England merchants and was perceived as favoring France over Britan.
Election of 1808 had opposition to Jefferson's export ban but friend Madison easy won over Charles Pinckney.
Election of 1812 was fought in the shadow of the War of 1812. It was intriguing as Democratic-Republican candidate President  Madison was opposed by fellow party member D. Clinton the nephew of Madison's late VP G. Clinton. Candidate Clinton was anti-war in the North and for war in the South. Federalist R. King received no electoral votes.
J. Madison 18091816
Founding the Democratic-Republican Party
Father of the Bill of Rights Editor's Note:
Jefferson and Madison both wanted a limited federal government, strict interpretation of the constitution, and no debt. But they wanted to buy Louisiana and West Florida so they temporarily stopped being Strict Constructionists.
Bank of United States charter not renewed in an attempt to limit business influence but paying for the War of 1812 required such an institution and Madison agreed. 
Infant industry argument along with revenue collection resulted in the Tariff of 1816.
Election, 1816 began the Era of Good Feelings (18161824) and ended the First Party System run by Eastern money interests who wanted protective tariffs and with resulting revenue to help industry. Rural interests wanted low tariffs with the resulting cheaper goods. The  Federalist's elitism had diminished their influence and their anti-war stance proved devastating when the war ended well. Plus some of Federalist beliefs were adopted by easy winner Monroe. J. Monroe 18171824
Implied powers were derived from the Necessary and Proper Clause during the 1819 McCulloch v. Maryland U.S. bank case . Congress won power battle.
Monroe Doctrine 1823 keeps U.S out of European politics until WWI. It was also done to Europe out of the Caribbean and far western territories. These were to be  spheres of influence. European monarch, especially after the anarchy of the French Revolution, were very anti-democracy. Editor's Note: The Northeast business interest vs. South/West rural interest battles continues today.
Election of 1824 had the Democratic-Republican Party splintered with four presidential candidates. A Second Party System was coming. Later Andrew Jackson's faction evolve into the modern Democratic Party while factions led by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay would become the National Republican Party and then the Whig Party. The corrupt bargain elected Adams for one term. J. Q. Adams 18251828 The "American System" of internal improvements of road-building, a national bank to help productive Eastern business and a national currency fall initiated by Alexander Hamilton were financed by the 1828 "Tariff of Abominations. It later caused the Nullification Crisis as states questioned federal authority over state's.  Editor's Note: This was beginning of the two continuing fights, 1) the use of tariff to finance government 2) states versus federal power.
J. Calhoon and H. Clay controlled the National Republican Party with a less restrictive Federalists agenda than  A. Hamilton. Think! What goes around comes around.