The Democratic party was founded in 1828 and was previously referred to as the Jacksonian-Democrats. Although Andrew Jackson and his supporters started the Jacksonian-Democratic party, it has become known simply as, the Democratic Party. The party  was originally created in opposition to John Quincy Adams and his Democratic-Republican supporters after he defeated Andrew Jackson in the 1824 Presidential election. Again, as slavery became a major political issue , political party support experienced a major shift. As both parties began to divide, most pro-slavery individuals supported the Democrats, especially in the South, where as the anti-slavery Whigs and other individuals supported the anti-slavery coalition which inevitably became the Republican Party in 1853. The Democratic Party fell backseat to the Republican party with regards to Presidential elections. However, the Democratic Party maintained regional influence in terms of party support which lasted for nearly 100 years.