The Federalist Era Timeline


Alexander Hamilton Era

1774 - 1804

Alexander Hamilton was the founding father of the economy in the U.S. He was a member of the continental congress from 1782 to 1783. He helped to ratify the United States constitution and pass the Naval act of 1794. He also became the first secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America.

Washingtons Farwewell Address


George Washington decided he was not going to run for a third presidental term. He got help from Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. He explained the dangers to the American republic. Including foreign ties and politicaldivisions at home.

The XYZ Affair

1797 - 1798

In 1797 President Adams sent three agents to U.S. diplomats to Paris. The French foreign minister would not talk to the diplomats. Instead, three French secret agents were sent to bribe the Americans. The Talleyrand would discuss a treaty in exchange for $250,000. The French government also wanted a 12 million dollar loan. In March 1798 President Adams addressed congress that the mission had failed. He used the letters X, Y, and Z to name the agents.

The Alien and Sedition Act

1798 - 1801

Federalists in Congress passed the Alien Act to allow the president to have foreign residents to be removed from the country. Foreigners could be removed if the president thought they were involved in treasonable or secret plots against the government. The Sedition Act said that citizens could not join any plots against the governments policies. It also made it illegal to to print, write, or publish anything that was false against the government. This law was mainly used against Republican newspapers.

Thomas Jefferson Era

1801 - 1826

Thomas Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence. He established the University of Virginia. He also passed the statute of religious freedom in Virginia. He was first elected to the house of Burgesses in 1769. He was also the third U.S. president.

The War of 1812


After the conflict between Britain and France. Britain imposed a naval blockade against France. This interfered with U.S. shipping. This caused economic depression in America. On June 18, 1812, U.S. congress declared war. On December 24, 1814, the war ended with the treaty of Ghent.