Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thomas Jefferson Led "Old Republican" Wing of Democratic-Republican Party

Did Thomas Jefferson and James Madison believe in political parties? Yes. As a matter of fact, America's Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison founded the Democratic-Republican Party around 1792. 1

"Jeffersonian purists, or 'Old Republican' wing of the party, led by Jefferson, John Randolph of Roanoke, William H. Crawford, and Nathaniel Macon, favored low tariffs, states' rights, strict construction of the Constitution, and reduced spending. It opposed a standing army. The 'National Republicans,' led by Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams and  John C. Calhoun, eventually favored higher tariffs, a stronger national defense, and 'internal improvements' (public works projects).[4] After the Federalist Party broke up in 1815, many former members joined the D-R's nationalist faction.[5]"

"United States Presidents from the party were: Thomas Jefferson (elected in 1800 and 1804), James Madison (1808 and 1812), and James Monroe (1816 and 1820)."


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