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Election of 1800 Candidates John Adams & Thomas Jefferson

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  • THOMAS JEFFERSON
  • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Democratic-Republican
  • ELECTION OF 1800 RESULTS: Jefferson won the Election of 1800. He received 73 electoral votes, but the tie with Burr was broken by the House of Representatives.
  • BACKGROUND: Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father who believed strongly in individual and states' rights. He previously served as John Adam's Vice President during his term.
  • AARON BURR
  • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Democratic-Republican
  • ELECTION OF 1800 RESULTS: Burr ran on the Democratic-Republican ticket alongside Jefferson. Since there were no separate Vice President and President elections, he tied Jefferson's 73 electoral votes, only to be defeated by a tie-breaking vote.
  • BACKGROUND: Aaron Burr had served in several armies during the Revolution, and made his political career serving New York as both Attorney General and Senator for one term. He would go on to kill Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
  • ALEXANDER HAMILTON
  • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Federalist
  • ELECTION OF 1800 RESULTS: Although Hamilton did not run as a presidential candidate, he certainly influenced the election's outcome. Fervently against Burr, Hamilton helped swing Federalist votes to Jefferson, helping him win the presidency in 1800.
  • BACKGROUND: An immigrant from the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton guided many negotiations during America's first few rocky years. He served as the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, helping found the National Bank.
  • JOHN ADAMS
  • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Federalist
  • BACKGROUND: A central figure of the Revolution, Adams entered the election of 1800 as the Federalist incumbent candidate. However, during his presidency, he lost much support, due to several factors.
  • CHARLES PINCKNEY
  • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Federalist
  • BACKGROUND: Charles Pinckney ran on Adams' Federalist ticket. Previously, he had served as Minister to France, and was a well-known politician, hailing from South Carolina.
  • JOHN JAY
  • POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Federalist
  • BACKGROUND: John Jay had a substantial career in government. Jay was the first Chief Justice of the United States and Secretary of State under Washington. At the time of the election, he was Governor of New York.
  • ELECTION OF 1800 RESULTS: Adams lost the election, with his 64 electoral votes coming in second to Jefferson and Burr's 73. However, the transfer of power between the two parties exemplified the potential of America's newly-formed democratic government.
  • ELECTION OF 1800 RESULTS: Running with Adams, Pinckney earned 64 electoral votes. This was not enough, and Pinckney would go on to run again in the election of 1804.
  • ELECTION OF 1800 RESULTS: Ironically enough, John Jay did not even consider himself a candidate in the election of 1800, however, he did receive one electoral vote. Jay had an active political career, but his presence was little felt in the presidential election.
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