From Ohio History Central
The Democratic-Republican Party was one of the first two political parties in United States history.
During the administration of President George Washington, Thomas Jefferson was the first Secretary of State. Jefferson and several of his friends and associates became dissatisfied with the policies of the government. They formed a political association that came to be called the Democratic Republican Party. Having just overthrown the King of England during the American Revolution, Democratic-Republicans feared a strong national government. They believed that the Constitution was a "strict" document that clearly limited the powers of the federal government. Unlike the opposition Federalist Party, the Democratic-Republican Party contended that government did not have the right to adopt additional powers to fulfill its duties under the Constitution.
The Democratic-Republican Party was the dominant political party in the early years of Ohio's statehood. This is evident in the Ohio Constitution of 1803, which established a relatively weak government, with the legislative branch holding most of the power. Most of Ohio's earliest political officials were Democratic-Republicans, including Thomas Worthington, one of Ohio's first two United States Senators.
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