Which Founding Fathers were federalists and which were anti-federalists?
When the Constitution was up for adoption by the states, the country split into two political parties: Federalists supported the Constitution, Anti-federalists didn't.
John Hancock (Massachusetts)
Alexander Hamilton (New York)
James Madison (Virginia) [Madison would often switch between sides]
John Jay (New York) --- these 3 guys wrote The Federalist Papers
George Washington (Virginia)
John Adams (Massachusetts)
Most all of the Founders who framed the Constitution supported ratification, EXCEPT:
George Mason (Virginia)
Edmund Randolph (Virginia)
Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts)
Other anti-federalists included:
Samuel Adams (Massachusetts)
Patrick Henry (Virginia)
Richard Henry Lee (Virginia)
These are the leading figures on both sides.
Thomas Jefferson was not in America, and seems to have supported the Constitution, but on one condition: that a bill of rights be added. In the United States, George Mason championed this move for a bill of rights, and therefore, after the Constitution was ratified, Congress drew up such a bill. George Mason is known, therefore, as the "Father of the Bill of Rights."
The founding fathers didn't really insist on a bill of rights, the antifederalists did. Federalists were people who wanted a strong government, but antifederalists were afraid that if there was a very strong government, the states would be too weak, and that people would lose rights if the government was too powerful. So when the federalists wanted to approve the Constitution, antifederalists said they wouldn't, until the federalists put in a Bill of Rights. So…
The antifederalists, or people who opposed a strong federal government, came into quarrel with the federalists, who favored a strong federal government. The federalists differ from the anti-federalists in terms of social, economic, and political expression. Many differences arose between the federalists and the antifederalists concerning social issues. First of all, the antifederalists were from the poorer classes, while the federalists were from higher, more aristocratic classes. Antifederalists mainly consisted of uneducated people who made…
The Federalists were the ones whom wanted to aprove the constitution, and make it legal. The Antifederalists were the one whom voted againt aproving the constituition. The Federalists were the ones whom wanted to aprove the constitution, and make it legal. The Antifederalists were the one whom voted againt aproving the constituition.