Democratic Party history

POSTED: 04:46 PM PDT Sep 26, 2012    UPDATED: 10:35 AM PDT Oct 31, 2012 

The Democratic Party is one of the oldest political parties in the world. Take a look at the key leaders, dates and policies that make up the history of the Democratic Party.

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Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic Party in 1792 as a congressional caucus to fight for the Bill of Rights and against the Federalist Party. In 1798, the "party of the common man" was officially named the Democratic-Republican Party and in 1800 elected Jefferson as the first Democratic President of the United States.

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