Official Name:
Democratic Party
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison
Founding date:
1787 (Unofficial), 1793 (as the Democratic-Republican Party) and 1854 (as the Democratic Party)
Party Ideology:
The Democratic Party advocates social justice grounded in modern progressivism.
Party History:
To combat the rise of the Federalist agenda of the federal government in the late 1780s, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison led a breakaway faction to form a rival political party known as the United States Democratic-Republican Party. Three decades later, the Party crumbled under the weight of two opposing factions, leading to the formation of the Andrew Jackson-influenced Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is now the oldest surviving political organization in the country.

Today, approximately 148 million Americans are self-identified Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents, making them the most supported political organization in the country.

Barack Obama became the 15th Democrat to hold the office of president, the second highest, collectively serving a total of 86 years.
Party address:
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Telephone: 202-863-8000
Party logo:
A blue-colored letter D inside a blue-colored circle
Formerly the "Kicking Donkey" (semi-official)
Party chairperson:
Deborah "Debbie" Wasserman Schultz, member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida's 23rd congressional district.
Prominent figures:
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), James K. Polk (1845-1849), Franklin Pierce (1853-1857), James Buchanan (1857-1861), Andrew Johnson (1865-1869), Grover Cleveland (1885-1889/1893-1897), Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945), Harry Truman (1945-1953), John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969), Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Bill Clinton (1993-2001),Barack Obama (2009-present).


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