The Federalist faction was developed in direct support of the ratification of the Constitution. The Federalists believed that the Articles of the Confederation provided too much decentralized power to each of the 13 original states. In turn, this threatened the unity of the United States and its ability to guarantee the protection of individual’s rights. Thus, the need for a common, centralized, and strong government proved necessary for Alexander Hamilton and the many individuals that supported the Federalist faction. Although the Federalists survive for nearly 30 years, the party falls by the way side in the shadows of success of the Anti-Federalists which later evolved into the Democratic-Republicans. This becomes especially evident when Thomas Jefferson is elected to the Presidency in 1800, which perpetuates the success of the Democratic-Republican party. By 1816 the Federalist faction has disintegrated and a new party develops.