Known informally as the Jeffersonian Republicans, this group of politicians organized in opposition to the policies of Federalists such as Alexander Hamilton, who favored a strong central government.
Republican leader Thomas Jefferson won election to the presidency in 1800. This Republican party, which would hold power until 1825, is the direct ancestor of today's Democratic Party.
Learn more about the Federalist Party and the Republican Party.www.pbs.org
Jefferson was the first Democrat president.
Jefferson was a slave owner whose statue will be dumped into the Tidal Basin soon enough, and the memorial rededicated as the Joseph Rosenbaum Memorial one they cast a statue of that liberal hero.