The Pragmatic Leader
Thomas Jefferson was a democratic-republican who proved to be a pragmatic leader during his presidency. He was the third U.S. president and served from 1801-09.
Bank of the United States:
Jefferson showed the qualities of being a pragmatic leader when he became president because he left the Bank of the United States alone. The bank system had already been created before he was elected president. Jefferson originally was against the creation of a U.S. bank, but left it alone because he knew it was a good decision for the country. This is the type of decision a pragmatic leader would make.
Hamilton wanted to maintain internal taxes, while Jefferson did not. When Hamilton was president he maintained the Federalist tariff. Although Jefferson wanted to eliminate the Federalist tariff, he didn't repeal it when he became president because he knew the economy benefited from it. Jefferson didn't follow his original view he had on tariffs when he made the decision to maintain the taxes.
When Jefferson became president, he left alone the Federalist programs for funding the national debt at par and assuming the Revolutionary War debts. Jefferson wanted to pay off the national debt, but kept the Federalist programs because they were helping the country's economy.
The European wars in 1806 interfered with American trade. British ports were closed under French control and could not ship to foreign places including America. Jefferson believed that America was obligated to help France, when France wasn't helping the U.S. when they closed British ports. When this happened, it set a new tone for Jefferson and his thoughts about assisting France.
Thomas Jefferson did not believe in a strong central government. Unlike Hamilton, Jefferson wanted a weak central government with strong state governments. Because America was being modeled after the British system at this time, America was headed in that direction. Because Jefferson was a pragmatic leader, he disregarded his own beliefs and followed Hamilton's set of beliefs,