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Democratic-Republican Party

The election of 1800 resulted in the first peaceful transition of power in the United States from one political party to another. The Democratic-Republican Party, under Thomas Jefferson, was the successor to the Antifederalists, opponents of a strong federal government. Their views were in opposition to those of Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Party. In practice, after gaining power, they supported strong federal policies. The party remained in power through the administrations of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe. It broke apart in 1824 and most of its supporters moved to the Democratic Party under the leadership of Andrew Jackson in 1828.