John Quincy Adams, the 6th president, became a Whig congressman later in his career.
Popular votes to political parties during presidential elections.
Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States (1829–1837) and the first Democratic president.
Henry Clay, a founder of the Whig Party in the 1830s and its 1844 presidential nominee
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Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States (1837–1841) and the second Democratic president.
Daniel Webster, a leading Whig from New England
Senator Stephen A. Douglas
William Henry Harrison, a two-time presidential candidate who became the first Whig president in 1841 but died just one month into office
The 1885 inauguration of Grover Cleveland, the only president with non-consecutive terms
William Henry Harrison defeated Martin Van Buren in the 1840 presidential election, thereby becoming the first Whig president
Leaders of the Democratic Party during the first half of the 20th century on 14 June 1913: Secretary of State William J. Bryan, Josephus Daniels, President Woodrow Wilson, Breckinridge Long, William Phillips, and Franklin D. Roosevelt
President John Tyler clashed with congressional Whigs and was expelled from the party.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, 32nd and 33rd presidents of the United States (1933–1945; 1945–1953), featured on a campaign poster for the 1944 presidential election
Zachary Taylor served in the Mexican-American War and later won the 1848 presidential election as the Whig nominee.
John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, 35th and 36th presidents of the United States (1961–1963, 1963–1969)
The United States settled the Texas-Mexico border and acquired portions of seven current states in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Portions of present-day Arizona and New Mexico were later acquired in the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.
Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States (1977–1981), delivering the State of the Union Address in 1979
A political cartoon satirizing the candidacy of either Zachary Taylor or Winfield Scott in the 1848 presidential election
Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States (1993–2001), at The Pentagon in 1998
Millard Fillmore, the last Whig president
Barack Obama speaking to College Democrats of America in 2007
Gen. Winfield Scott, the unsuccessful Whig candidate in the 1852 presidential election
President Barack Obama meeting with the Blue Dog Coalition in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2009
Whig journalist Horace Greeley
Eleanor Roosevelt at the 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago
John J. Crittenden, an influential Whig leader who later established the short-lived Constitutional Union Party to contest the election of 1860
President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law at the White House on March 23, 2010
U.S. presidential election results from 1828 to 1852. Darker shades of blue indicate states that generally voted for the Democratic Party, while darker shades of yellow/brown indicate states that generally voted for the Whig or National Republican Party.
Secretary of State John Kerry addressing delegates at the United Nations before signing the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2016
Charles Sumner, an anti-slavery "Conscience Whig" who later joined the Republican Party
Shirley Chisholm was the first major-party African American candidate to run nationwide primary campaigns.
Edward Everett, a pro-South "Cotton Whig"
President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Immigration Act of 1965 as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy and others look on
Abraham Lincoln, a former Whig congressman, won the 1860 presidential election on the Republican ticket.
Then-Senator Barack Obama shaking hands with an American soldier in Basra, Iraq in 2008
John Marshall Harlan, who began his career as a Whig officeholder, served on the Supreme Court from 1877 to 1911.
President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1978
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with President Barack Obama at Ben Gurion Airport in 2013
Self-identified Democrats (blue) versus self-identified Republicans (red) (January–June 2010 data)
Higher percentages of Democrats than Republicans are members of union households.
Elected at age 33, Jon Ossoff is currently the youngest member of the U.S. Senate.
Hillary Clinton was the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party.
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
Vice President Kamala Harris
Julián Castro served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
U.S. opinion on gun control issues is deeply divided along political lines, as shown in this 2021 survey.

The National Republican Party, also known as the Anti-Jacksonian Party or simply Republicans, was a political party in the United States that evolved from a faction of the Democratic-Republican Party that supported John Quincy Adams in the 1824 presidential election.

- National Republican Party

The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States.

- Democratic Party (United States)

Alongside the slightly larger Democratic Party, it was one of the two major parties in the United States between the late 1830s and the early 1850s as part of the Second Party System.

- Whig Party (United States)

The Whigs emerged in the 1830s in opposition to President Andrew Jackson, pulling together former members of the National Republican Party, the Anti-Masonic Party, and disaffected Democrats.

- Whig Party (United States)

Before 1860, the Democratic Party supported powerful and active executive governance, the slave power, agrarianism, expansionism, and Manifest Destiny while opposing the establishment of a national bank, protectionism, and the conservative views of their National Republican and Whig rivals.

- Democratic Party (United States)

After the 1832 election, opponents of Jackson coalesced into the Whig Party.

- National Republican Party

Adams politicians, including most ex-Federalists (such as Daniel Webster and Adams himself), would gradually become members of the National Republican Party; and those politicians that supported Jackson would later help form the modern Democratic Party.

- National Republican Party

Two major parties dominated the political landscape: the Whig Party, led by Henry Clay, that grew from the National Republican Party; and the Democratic Party, led by Andrew Jackson.

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Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams in the 1800 presidential election, thereby becoming the first Democratic-Republican president.
The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 totaled 827,987 sqmi, doubling the size of the United States.
Albert Gallatin served as Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Jefferson and Madison.
James Monroe, the third Democratic-Republican president
Four Democratic-Republicans sought the presidency in 1824: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, William H. Crawford, and Henry Clay.
John Quincy Adams won the 1824 presidential election as a Democratic-Republican after leaving the Federalist Party earlier in his career.
Presidential election results from 1796 to 1824. Darker shades of green indicate that the state generally supported the Democratic-Republicans, and darker shades of brown indicate that the state generally supported the Federalists.
John Randolph of Roanoke was a prominent member of a group of Southern plantation owners known as the Old Republicans.
Andrew Jackson led a faction of Democratic-Republicans that ultimately coalesced into the Democratic Party.

The Democratic-Republican Party, also referred to as the Jeffersonian Republican Party and known at the time as the Republican Party and occasional other names, was an American political party founded by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the early 1790s that championed republicanism, agrarianism, political equality, and expansionism.

The majority faction of the Democratic-Republicans eventually coalesced into the modern Democratic Party, while the minority faction ultimately formed the core of what became the Whig Party.

Jackson's faction eventually coalesced into the Democratic Party, while supporters of Adams became known as the National Republican Party, which itself later merged into the Whig Party.

Some argue that the party is not to be confused with the present-day Democratic Party, however, a direct historical political lineage between them is often affirmed by some historians, political scientists, commentators, and by modern Democrats, reinforcing both names' continued and occasionally interchangeable use.