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Some of the most important presidential elections 1812 The election of 1812 consisted of a battle between James Madison and De Witt Clinton Madison had represented both Democratic and Republican beliefs while Clinton was a Federalist James Madison was born in Port Conway Va on March 16 1751 A Princeton graduate he joined the struggle for independence on his return to Virginia in 1771 He had been an active politician in the 1770s and 1780s He was greatly know for championing the Jefferson reform program and in the Continental Congress Madison in collaboration had participated greatly in the Federalist a paper whos main purpose was to ratify the constitution Madison first became president in 1809 when he bested Charles C Pickney He had led the US in a very unpopular war in which the US hadnt been prepared forthe War of 1812 De Witt Clinton was a Federalist whos main purpose of the election was to get the US out of a war in which he felt was very unnecessary DeWitt held every major elective office in New York between 1797 and 1828--assemblyman senator mayor of New York City lieutenant governor and governor He was a philanthropist and patron of the arts and science and as canal commissioner championed construction of the Erie and Champlain canals The method in which these candidates received nomination was by the Electoral College or by King Caucus The idea of political conventions had not been present at this time There were no third-party candidates in this election The major issue of this election was the War of 1812 The War of 1812 or Mr Madisons War had been very unpopular among different sections of America Mainly the ship owners in New England The war was supposed to protect This war was supposed to help their shipping but instead it had kept them from trading and making money The winner of the
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