Lead: The US presidential election of 1800 has been called the third, or political American Revolution. For the first time in a major way competition in American electoral life was organized by political parties.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: In 1796 John Adams laid his claim to the Presidency. In revolutionary credentials and early driving support for independence, only Washington, Franklin and Jefferson equaled this lawyer/farmer from Baintree, Massachusetts. He beat Jefferson by three electoral votes and for four years continued the rule of the Federalists, that lose network of merchants, bankers, aristocrats and politicians seeking to firmly establish the national or common interest as opposed to state or local interests and to secure the Federal government as pre-imminent in national affairs.