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:
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.