Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) becomes the leader of the Jacksonian Democrats in 1824, after losing a closely contested Presidential election to John Quincy Adams. However, Jackson is elected President in 1828 as the Democratic-Republican party begins to crumble and divide. Jackson leads the charge for creating a more representative democracy, and advocates for a strong executive. At this point in time, individuals were either supporting Jacksonian or directly opposed to his policies and programs.
- First Party System 1792-1824
- Second Party System 1828-1854
- Third Party System 1854-1890
- Current Party System