Jeffersonian Republicans

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The Jeffersonian Republicans, or Old Republicans as they were also known, were in the words of John Randolph advocates of the following ideas: “love of peace, hatred of offensive war, jealousy of the State governments towards the General Government and of the influence of the Executive over the coordinate branches of the Government; a dread of standing armies; a loathing of public debt, taxes, and excises; tenderness for the liberty of the citizen; jealousy, Argus-eyed jealousy, of the patronage of the President.” They were active from the late 18th century to the 1830s.

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Randolph, John (1773-1833)

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St. George Tucker John Taylor

Source: This biographical essay was written by Quentin Taylor, Resident Scholar (2008-2009), Liberty Fund, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Thomas Jefferson on the Unity of the Nation

Thomas Jefferson

Notes About This Collection

For more information see:

  • Norman K. Risjord, The Old Republicans: Southern Conservatism in the Age of Jefferson (New York: Columbia University Press, 1965).
  • Clyde N. Wilson’s Foreword to St. George Tucker, View of the Constitution of the United States with Selected Writings , ed. Clyde N. Wilson (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1999).
  • The Foreword to John Taylor, Tyranny Unmasked , ed. F. Thornton Miller (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1992).
  • The Foreword to Democratic Editorials: Essays in Jacksonian Political Economy, Foreword by Lawrence H. White (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1984).