By: Payton Robinson

By: Payton Robinson

National Leaders of the Party

Thomas Jefferson & James Madison


We stand for states’ rights in action to the powerful central government, that the Federalists were constructing.

Assuming the States debt

The Democratic-Republic eventually supported the assumption of the states debt when the federalists agreed to move the nations capital to the bank's of the Potomac River.

Creation of the National Bank

The First Bank of the United States was a central bank, chartered for a term of twenty years, by the United States Congress on February 25, 1791.

Establishment of the Bank was included in a three-part expansion of federal fiscal and monetary power, along with a federal mint and excise taxes, championed by Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury.

Opposition to the National Bank, stemming from the Democratic-Republicans argued that the Constitution gave no explicit authority for the government to establish such corporate agencies.

Hamilton, however, argued that any powers not explicitly defined in the Constitution were "implied powers" that could be developed by Congress to achieve the common good.

French Revolution

The Democratic-Republican Societies expressed strong support for the French Revolution. Supported the popular forces in the French Revolution and favored

American assistance.

Power of the National Government

Sought to limit the role of the national government, favoring local control. The Democratic-Republicans objected to this extension of the power of the central government and wanted to balance the Federal powers with state powers.

Alien and Sedition Acts

Opposed, along with the enlarged army, as a threat to citizen’s individual liberties. And it was designed to silence and weaken the Democratic-Republicans. Criticized by Jefferson and Madison in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, were doctrine of nullification was first explained.

War with Great Britain in 1812

The congressional vote for declaring war was far from unanimous. No Federalist member voted for the measure, which divided on party lines with Democratic-Republicans favoring war with the Federalists in opposition. Similarly, the vote divided along regional lines as Federalists in New England the Middle Atlantic states opposed the war, whereas Southern and Western members favored going to war.