Election of 1808

election of 1808

At the end of his second term, Jefferson followed the precedent established by Washington and did not seek a third term.  He then hand-selected his successor, James Madison.

Jefferson had lost popularity because of his trade embargo with Britain and France.  A Democratic-Republican victory was far from certain. In the end, Madison won by a large margin, and the “Father of the Constitution” became the leader of our union.


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