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National Republican Party

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The National Republican Party was a United States political party that existed for a relatively brief period in the 1820s and 1830s.

Before and during John Quincy Adams's presidency the original Republican Party, which had been the only truly national American political party for over a decade, began to split. Those who supported Adams became known as the National Republicans, while others supported Andrew Jackson and formed the modern-day Democratic Party. In the 1828 election, Adams won 43.63% of the popular vote, and 83 out of 261 electoral votes. The National Republicans ran Henry Clay against Andrew Jackson in the election of 1832, and Clay's loss convinced Jackson that the people had given him a mandate to abolish the Bank of the United States. Clay won 37.42% of the popular vote, and 49 out of 288 electoral votes.

After the election of 1832, the National Republican party fell apart. It was not a direct predecessor of the current Republican Party, although many of its supporters later joined that group. In the short term, many of its members joined the Whig Party.

Candidates

John Q. Adams/Richard Rush - 1828 (lost)

Henry Clay/John Sergeant - 1832 (lost)

See also: List of political parties in the United States

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