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On March 4 1801 the first Democratic-Republican administration took office James Madison of Virginia was appointed Jeffersons first secretary of state The President in his inaugural address showed a desire to bring about unity of action between the Republicans and the Federalists The administration of Jefferson Democratic-Republican 1801-1809 met with public approval The finances of the nation prospered Material resources increased rapidly The party in power successfully antagonized the Federal idea of a state church The naturalization laws were modified so that a residence of five years and an application three years prior to admission gave the privilege of citizenship to aliens The purchase of Louisiana in 1803 was a notable feature of Jeffersons first administration One of the most important events at the close of his first term was the ratification of the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution 1804 whereby each of the state electors was relieved from voting for two candidates for President as had up to that time been required At the end of 1805 the Democratic-Republican party formerly anti-Federalists began to use the name Democrat as the party designation During the same year owing to the struggle on the European continent between Napoleon and the allied powers Jefferson inaugurated a vigorous foreign policy By a second Embargo Act in 1807 Congress ordered the detention of all American vessels in American ports thus cutting off commercial intercourse with England and France This law was afterward repealed taking effect from March 1809 Jefferson declined nomination for a third term The Democratic administration of Madison Democratic-Republican 1809-1817 was in general policy in harmony with the principles adopted by his immediate predecessors The controversy with England was still pending That country and France were still at a deadlock and disregarding neighboring neutrals In 1811 the majority in Congress forced Madison to declare war against Great Britain as a condition of his reelection In April 1812 a third Embargo Act was
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