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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.
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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
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(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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The musical show representsthe life and times of Alexander Hamilton(c1755 -- 1804), who is one of the founding fathers of the United States , the first secretary of the US treasury, and the main founder of the Federalist party.
Ms Swinson agreed that the Lib Dems had always been a "federalist party" and in favour of further devolution, but cautioned that the appetite for more "constitutional wrangling" was not necessarily there with the public.
This gentle Republicanization of the federal government mimicked the shift in the national electorate, as the Federalist Party withered away over the next decade.
He begins with the Federalist Party's self-immolation in the 1800 election, both at the polls and in the House of Representatives.
By the end of his Presidential term, the Federalist Party, like the Anti-Federalists before it, was politically extinct.
That sleeps with Washington, having no mourners but the virtuous, and no monument but history." (31) He exclaimed, "Louisiana, in open and avowed defiance of the constitution, is by treaty to be added to the union: the bread of the children of union is 'o be taken and given to the dogs." (32) His response to questions about the constitutionality of the purchase differed starkly from the rest of the Federalist Party. During the congressional debates over Louisiana, the Federalists proposed several amendments in an effort to prevent passage of the treaty and mitigate the increasing regional inequality.
That PTI has emerged as the single largest party in Punjab, cut into vote bank of MQM and PPPP in Sindh and won seats in Balochistan means emergence of a federalist party.
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?