Election Of 1800

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In the Elections of 1800, the electoral college failed again as a result of the rise and influence of political parties. Similarly, the Federalist party lost control of both houses of Congress as well as the executive office. Jefferson called this the "Revolution of 1800."

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Election Of 1800

  1. 1. The Election of 1800 The Revolution of 1800
  2. 2. Topics • Election of 1800 • Breakdown of the Electoral College • Hamilton and Burr are not Friends • A peaceful revolution • Jefferson’s policies as president
  3. 3. The Election of 1800 Presidential Vice Presidential Collapse of the Election Candidates Candidates Process • Candidates were Adams and Federalists Pinckney against Jefferson and Burr • Tie occurred between Adams Pinckney Jefferson and Burr: 73-73 • Burr refused to cede (give up) Republicans his Vice Presidential role • How did this happen? Click here to learn more Jefferson Burr
  4. 4. The Election of 1800 What happens when there’s a tie? • The House of Representatives decides, each state counting as one vote Jefferson Burr • There were 16 states at the time • 35 ballots were cast, each one resulting in a 8-8 tie • Hamilton petitioned that Jefferson represented the lesser of two evils and on vote #36, Jefferson was chosen as President and Burr became vice-president
  5. 5. The Revolution of 1800 • Historically, when political power was transferred from one group to the next it was accompanied with bloodshed and violence • But this was a peaceful revolution where a democratic election ushered in a new party with no protest or rebellion!
  6. 6. Republicans Federalists IN OUT The Revolution of 1800
  7. 7. Jefferson’s Policies He also wanted to ease disputes As President, Jefferson wanted between the parties to reduce the power of the national government • He held onto Federalist officeholders as long as they • He reduced the size of the were doing their jobs well army and navy, cutting • He paid state debts with spending and positions federal funds • The number of government employees was lowered, He also: including diplomats, and all • Promoted He promoted and tax collectors were fired imposed laissez-faire (“let it • He eliminated all federal be”) economic policies taxes (thereby not needing • Made Sedition Act ineffective collectors)
  8. 8. Jefferson’s Policies

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