Background for the Federalist Party:
The Federalist Party was led by John Adams
, Alexander Hamilton
, and John Marshall
. It formed from the federalists who before the ratification of the constitution
fought for a stronger federal government. They were opposed at that time by the anti-federalists who morphed into the Democratic-Republicans after ratification.
Key Points for the Federalist Party:
The federalist party was associated with the aristocracy and fought for the development of industry over agriculture.
Federalists typically favored allying with Great Britain over France.
The federalist party favored a stronger central government as opposed to stronger individual states.
End of the Federalist Party:
A division occured within the federalist party during the War of 1812
that led to its demise. The last federalist presidential candidate was Rufus King in 1816.