Understanding the presidential election of 1800 was an intense political contest pitting two clearly opposing parties against each other for the first time, the federalists and the democratic republicans fought in what some historians have called the dirtiest campaign in us politics referred to by thomas jefferson in 1819. The election of 1800 follows close behind in 1800, as in the courtroom that spring day, two visions of the meaning of the revolution and the constitution butted heads as cooper told the jury, “this country is divided, and almost equally divided, into two grand parties” jefferson's republicans might have. Alexander hamilton's support of thomas jefferson over aaron burr in the 1800 us presidental election eventually led to his own demise knott also notes that hamilton was the driving force behind the publication of the federalist papers—writing 51 of the 85 essays while working in concert with james. In the election returns of late 1800, jefferson and his fellow republican, aaron burr of new york, secured most of the electoral votes: 73 versus 65 and 64 respectively for the federalists john adams and charles cotesworth pinckney but republican party discipline proved too good, for every one of their electors cast a vote. In 1800, vice president thomas jefferson ran against incumbent president john adams in the fourth presidential election jefferson represented in the essays and dbqs on the apush exam, you will focus more on the impact and legacy of the election of 1800, rather than the fine details bring in your.
The united states presidential election of 1800 was the fourth united states presidential election it was held from friday, october 31 to wednesday, december 3, 1800 in what is sometimes referred to as the revolution of 1800, vice president thomas jefferson of the democratic-republican party defeated incumbent. During the election of 1800, thomas jefferson succeeded in defeating the incumbent, john adams, and assumed the presidency in terms of elections though, the election of 1800 itself was a fascinating election in that it a heavily- contested election and was effectively the first time political parties ran smear campaigns. This is the fourth in the series thomas jefferson called his election the revolution of 1800 because it marked the first time that power in america passed from one party to another he promised to govern as he felt the founders intended, based on decentralized government and trust in the people to make. Some years after the event, thomas jefferson described the election of 1800 ( which made him president) as “a revolution in the principles of our government” in working for the ratification of the constitution, and were the main co-authors of the federalist papers (a still famous series of essays advocating and analyzing.
The revolution of 1800 generally refers to the election of thomas jefferson as president of the united states in 1800 jefferson was the third president, after washington and adams the revolution he brought was not a literal revolution like the recent revolutionary war, but it is sometimes referred to that way because of. In the 1800 election, thomas jefferson, left, and aaron burr each received 73 electoral votes, but public opinion sided with jefferson (the granger hamilton agreed with a federalist newspaper essay that argued defeat meant “happiness, constitution and laws [faced] endless and irretrievable ruin.
Jefferson recruited a smear artist in 1800, the democratic- republicans had a secret weapon, and his name was james t callender an 18th-century muckraker, callender's rise to fame began in his native scotland in 1792, he published a lengthy essay which scathingly denounced britain's. December 3, 1800 electors meet in their states and cast votes for the next president of the united states a tie vote between jefferson andaaron burr does not become known till the end of the month this throws the election into the house of representatives which addresses the matter on february 11, 1801. Thomas jefferson, part ii: from the revolution to the presidency at the close of the revolutionary war, 40-year old departure, jefferson's world fell apart writing with his left hand, he composed his famous essay this was the first congressional nominating caucus during the campaign of 1800 jefferson did not.
The election of 1800 between john adams and thomas jefferson was an emotional and hard-fought campaign each side believed that victory by the other would ruin the nation federalists attacked jefferson as an un-christian deist whose sympathy for the french revolution would bring similar bloodshed and chaos to. Adams faced reelection in the midst of crisis abroad, unpopularity at home, and a divided federalist party in the end, he was narrowly defeated by jefferson in what became known as the revolution of 1800 though this was the first peaceful transfer of power between political parties in us history, the election campaign. Jill lepore writes about the 1800 presidential election, which pitted thomas jefferson against john adams, and the role that the press played in the vote.