In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the first federal election, held in 1788-1789. In many parts of the country, the contests were a proxy over whether the new Constitution was a good plan of government. This was especially the case in Virginia, where Governor Patrick Henry schemed to keep James Madison out of Congress by pitting him against James Monroe in an Anti-Federalist district. But Henry miscalculated. Madison won a comfortable victory, and nationwide the pro-Constitution forces triumphed. This landmark victory for the Federalists would set the stage for the policies of the new government.

Recommended Readings:

James Madison to Edmund Randolph, November 2, 1788.
James Madison to Thomas Mann Randolph, January 13, 1789.

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  1. Coolidge

    Excellent podcast. I really enjoyed this one. Thank you for taking the time to make it.

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    • May 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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  2. Coolidge

    I wonder if there has ever been another campaign where future presidents ran against each other below the president/VP level.

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    • May 17, 2018 at 6:03 pm
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