Presidential Elections, Parties, and Popularity in the Early American Republic

Presidential Lecture Series Ideals and Political Realities

Join Dr. David Greer from Rochester College on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for his presentation that explores several features of American presidential elections under the country’s new Constitution in 1781, from the unanimous selection of George Washington in 1789 to the bitter contest between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams nearly forty years later. Our Founding fathers struggled with the notion of political parties and established the Electoral College to create checks and balances – where did these ideas come from and do they work today? Within that era the rise of political parties and a popular vote stand out as landmark developments, altering the practice and culture of presidential elections and perhaps of the presidency itself.

Early Election Process - Dr. Greer Talk

Early Election Process – Dr. Greer Talk

Admission is free for Museum members and $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students for nonmembers. Advance registration is requested at, e-mailing, or by calling 248.656.4663.

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