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What former U.S. president do both the Republican and Democratic parties trace their origins to?

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The modern Democratic Party cites Thomas Jefferson as "the first Democratic President," and the Republican Party was named as such because its founders considered their principles to be aligned with that of Thomas Jefferson and the party he formed, which was called the "Republicans." Jefferson and James Madison formed this party primarily because they felt the federal government was engaged in economic activities that were not permitted by the Constitution.

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