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Timeline U.S. Political Parties
is article contains an overview of the history of the major Timeline U.S. Political Parties together with a table detailing all of the United States presidents and their political affiliations.

History Timeline U.S. Political Parties
The history Timeline of U.S. Political Parties begins in 1789 with
George Washington and the Independent political party that focused on the establishment of the Constitution. The timeline then details the emergence of the Federalists and their opponents the Anti-Federalists who became the Democratic-Republicans. Then came the National Republicans who became the Whig political party which are also detailed on the timeline. And finally the history timeline and dates relating to the rise of the two party system of the Democrats and Republicans who dominate the modern politics of the United States of America.  

Timeline U.S. Political Parties: Definition of Political Parties
Definition of Political Parties: United States Political parties are formed by groups or collections of people who share the same ideas, beliefs or views  about the way the United States should be governed. The United States Political parties work to influence government policies and to introduce new laws to the Constitution and to make amendments to existing laws.

History Timeline of the U.S. Political Parties
The following History Timeline of the major U.S. Political Parties provides a fast overview of when the political parties emerged and the history of the party origins. For additional information refer to the History of the Political Parties in the U.S.

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Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1789 Independent
George Washington becomes the 1st President of the United States. He was not formally affiliated with any Political Parties during his two terms in office and therefore classed as an Independent. All members of the new government supported him as an impartial president and wanted to give the Constitution a fair trial
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1797 Federalist Party

Federalist Papers

John Adams is elected president for the Federalist Party who believed that the new central government, and the well-educated, wealthy classes, should be given the greatest power of government. The Federalist Papers explained the Constitution to the American people and promoted the concept of Federalism
Timeline U.S. Political Parties: 1797 Anti-Federalist Party Adams and the Federalist party were opposed by the Anti-Federalist Party who believed that the vast majority of ordinary, less educated people, had the skills and common sense required to run the government.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties: 1798 Republican
The Anti-Federalist party was re-named as the Republican Party reflecting the ideals of Republicanism supporting states’ rights and a strict interpretation of the Constitution
Timeline U.S. Political Parties: 1798 The Democratic-Republican


The Federalists tried to discredit the Republican Party by naming them Democratic-Republicans to convey the extreme and radical actions taken in the name of democracy during the French Revolution. However, the Jeffersonian Republicans admired the strong anti-monarchist sentiments of the French and their belief of the principle of government by the people - so the name "Democratic-Republican" stuck.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1800 Democratic-Republican Party Thomas Jefferson, leader of the Democratic-Republican Party, was elected the third president of the United States. The Democratic-Republican Party adhered to the Constitution in order to limit the powers of the federal government and was strongly opposed to aristocracy, monarchy, corruption and elitism
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1809 Democratic-Republican Party The James Madison followed Jefferson as leader of the Democratic-Republican Party
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1815 Fall of the
Federalist Party
The Federalists bitterly opposed the rising power of the Democratic-Republicans and held secret meetings at the Hartford Convention to air their views reproaching Madison's administration and the War of 1812, some delegates favored secession. The War of 1812 ended with a sense of victory and sealed the destruction of the Federalist party. The secrecy of the Hartford Convention discredited the Federalists who were seen as too extreme and disloyal and even branded as "traitors".
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1817


Democratic-Republican Party  As there was now only one political party (Democratic-Republican) this led to are more stable government and heralded the "Era of Good Feelings" during the two term presidency of James Monroe.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1824 National Republican Party The Democratic-Republican party split into several factions, taking the names of their party leaders: the Adams men (supporting John Quincy Adams), the Clay men (supporting Henry Clay). The Adams and Clay factions began to act together and to call themselves National Republicans, because they wished to build up the nation's resources, specifically National Defense, following the War of 1812. Refer to the National Republican Party 
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1825 Democratic-Republican Party  John Quincy Adams became the last President under the Democratic-Republican ticket. During this time it split into the northern-dominated Republicans and the southern-dominated Democrats
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1829 Democrat Party Andrew Jackson was elected president. The Democratic Republican party of Andrew Jackson dropped the word "Republican" and called themselves simply Democrats and so began the formation of the Democrat Party
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1832 Whig Party The National Republicans completely changed their name and adopted the name of the British liberal party and became the Whig Party because they also favored reform
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1837 Democrat Party Martin Van Buren was elected president on the Democrat ticket. The party lost its popularity due to the Panic of 1837, the president was given the nickname 'Martin Van Ruin' and the electors turned their affiliation to the newly formed Whig party.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1841 - 1845 The Whig Party The Whig Party achieved power through the election of William Harrison and John Tyler but both died in office before being able to make the party's impact on the nation.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1845 Democrat Party James Knox Polk was elected president as leader of the Democrat Party and added a vast area to the U.S., but its acquisition precipitated a bitter quarrel between the North and the South over expansion of slavery
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1853 Fall of the
Whig Party

Free Soil Party

The Whig Party came into power again with the election of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. The policies of Fillmore led to division in the Whig party. The anti-slavery faction of the Whigs, including members of the "Barnburners" anti-slavery faction and the Free-Soilers  successfully prevented the re-nomination of Fillmore and destroyed the Whig Party in 1853.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1853 Democrat Party The election of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan brought the Democrats into power
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1854 National Union Party The National Union Party was formed to further the beliefs of national interest above sectional interests and states' rights. It was organized in 1854 in opposition to the extension of slavery and eventually emerged as the Republican party.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1860 National Union Party Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860 as the first leader of the National Union Party. Upon Abraham Lincoln's death in 1865, Andrew Johnson became the only other National Union President. The 'National Union Party' then changed its name to the Republican Party.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1869 Republican Party Ulysses Grant was elected President and the first leader of the re-named Republican Party.
Timeline U.S. Political Parties 1869-present Two Party
United States has two major political parties: the Democrats and the Republicans who share almost all the political power in the country to the present day.

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History Timeline U.S. Political Parties
The history timeline of U.S. Political Parties continues with the following table detailing all of the United States presidents, dates of their presidencies and their political affiliations.

US Political Parties: Timeline of US Presidents and Political Parties


Names of Presidents
in order
Dates of Terms in Office Political Parties
1st George Washington (1789-1793) & (1793-1797) Independent
2nd John Adams (1797-1801) Federalist
3rd Thomas Jefferson (1801-1805) & (1805-1809) Democratic-Republican
4th James Madison (1809-1813) & (1813-1817) Democratic-Republican
5th James Monroe (1817-1821) & (1821-1825) Democratic-Republican
6th John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) Democratic-Republican
7th Andrew Jackson (1829-1833) & (1833-1837) Democratic
8th Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) Democratic
9th William Harrison (1841) Whig
10th John Tyler (1841-1845 Whig
11th James Knox Polk (1845-1849) Democratic
12th Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) Whig
13th Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) Whig
14th Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) Democratic
15th James Buchanan (1857-1861) Democratic
16th Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) & (1865) Republican / National Union
17th Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) Democratic / National Union
18th Ulysses Grant (1869-1873) & (1873-1877) Republican
19th Rutherford Hayes (1877-1881) Republican
20th James Garfield (1881) Republican
21st Chester Arthur (1881-1885) Republican
22nd Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) Democratic
23rd Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) Republican
24th Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) Democratic
25th William McKinley (1897-1901) & (1901) Republican
26th Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1905) & (1905-1909) Republican
27th William Taft (1909-1913) Republican
28th Woodrow Wilson (1913-1917) & (1917-1921) Democratic
29th Warren Harding (1921-1923) Republican
30th Calvin Coolidge (1923-1925) & (1925-1929) Republican
31st Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) Republican
32nd Franklin Roosevelt (1933-1937) & (1937-1941) & (1941-1945) & (1945) Democratic
33rd Harry Truman (1945-1949) & (1949-1953) Democratic
34th Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1957) & (1957-1961) Republican
35th John Kennedy (1961-1963) Democratic
36th Lyndon Johnson (1963-1965) & (1965-1969) Democratic
37th Richard Nixon (1969-1974) Republican
38th Gerald Ford (1974-1977) Republican
39th Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) Democratic
40th Ronald Reagan (1981-1985) & (1985-1989) Republican
41st George H Bush (1989-1993) Republican
42nd Bill Clinton (1993-2001) Democratic
43rd George W Bush (2001-2005) & (2005-2009) Republican
44th Barack Obama (2009-2013) & (2013-2017) Democratic


Names of Presidents
in order
Dates of Terms in Office Political Parties
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