Democratic Party history

POSTED: 4:46 PM PDT September 26, 2012    UPDATED: 10:35 AM PDT October 31, 2012 

The Democratic Party is one of the oldest political parties in the world. Take a look at the key leaders, dates and policies that make up the history of the Democratic Party.

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Jefferson served two terms and was followed by James Madison in 1808. Madison strengthened America's armed forces -- helping reaffirm American independence by defeating the British in the War of 1812.

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