Federalist Party

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Federalist Party

A US political party founded in 1787 to advocate the establishment of a strong federal government and the adoption by the states of the Constitution. The party gained prominence in the 1790s under the leadership of Alexander Hamilton.

Federalist Party


Federal Party

(Historical Terms) the American political party founded in 1787 and led initially by Alexander Hamilton. It took an active part in the shaping of the US Constitution and thereafter favoured strong centralized government and business interests


(or Fed′eral) Par`ty,

1. a political group that favored the adoption by the states of the Constitution.
2. a political party in early U.S. history advocating a strong central government.
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Noun1.Federalist Party - a major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; founded by Alexander Hamilton; favored a strong centralized government
party, political party - an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"
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In the 1790s, Thomas Jefferson and his allies sought political advantage by working to solidify his status as the author of the Declaration of Independence as part of their ongoing battle for influence against Hamilton's Federalist Party and its contender for leading "author of Independence," John Adams (Maier 1998).
In the third-ever presidential election, Adams beat out Jefferson and four other candidates as the long-since defunct Federalist Party claimed the executive branch's highest office for the first time.
Jefferson was against West Point as long as it would be the creation of the Federalist Party.
Brian Steele, in his essay on Thomas Jefferson, tackles an intriguing question: how did Washington remain an unimpeachable national icon despite his association in the 1790s with an allegedly elitist Federalist Party that would soon fall from favor?
George Washington during the Revolutionary War, first Secretary of the Treasury, founder of the Federalist Party, architect of our banking system and designer of our Constitution?
But they later became adversaries, parting ways politically -- Adams becoming the head of the Federalist Party, Jefferson founding the opposition Democratic-Republican Party -- and it was Jefferson who defeated Adams in his attempt to win re-election as president in 1800.
The newspaper Le Soleil reported that for the first time since the Bloc Quebecois was founded the FTQ is prepared to recommend that its members support a federalist party in Ottawa: "In Canada as a whole the FTQ envisions strategic voting in about 60 ridings, two thirds of which are located in Ontario.
Given a cause to rally the people, a resurgent Federalist Party could have seen victory in the 1812 elections.
On the American side, and paying homage to our Founding Fathers of the Federalist Party, The Federalist's Dueling Pistols presents a daring blend of Zinfandel and Syrah.
The "independent expenditures" of the 1790s "Democratic Societies" and their partisan allies in the press destroyed the Federalist Party entirely.
Taylor's forte is his analysis and interpretation of the political scene on both sides of our border and how the split between the goals of the Federalist Party and Jefferson's Republicans affected the outcome of the War of 1812.
The Federalist Party of France announced, on 4 September, that it intends to present a European candidate for the 2012 French presidential election.