Theo Lippman Jr.

September 03, 1992|By Theo Lippman Jr.

This is the 52nd presidential election.

The ninth was the most one-sided since George Washington's day.

There was in fact no contest. Americans had had enough of partisan and sectional conflict. Good feelings did indeed dominate the era.

President Monroe's Democratic-Republican Party, once so fearful of the federal idea, had become more nationalistic than the Federalists themselves.

The Federalist Party went out of business for good.

Even 85-year-old former Federalist President John Adams of Massachusetts cast his vote in the Elector- al College for Democratic-Republican President Monroe.

Monroe got 231 votes of 232 cast.

(The lone dissent was said to have been cast to preserve Washington's record of unanimous election.)

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