The Federalist Party from 1787-1815
The Federalist Party is known to be the first political party of the United States of America. Led by the likes of Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and John Jay among others, the Federalists believed in a government run by the elites; the most qualified people should run the country. Federalists were more apt to establishing a stronger, central government than to expand the powers of state governments, as well. Eventually, ideological differences led to more factions of political thought forming in the United States, and by 1800 the Federalist Party found itself in deep trouble.