|Florida's Political Parties
by the Florida House of Representatives
Political parties as a cohesive force in Florida may be said to date from the organization of the Jeffersonian Republican Democratic Party at St. Joseph on January 11, 1839.
The organization of this party caused its opposition to similarly band together in a group known as the Whig Party. By 1845, when Florida's entered the Union, the Jeffersonian Republican Democratic Party had trimmed its awkward title to simply the Democratic Party.
In 1852, the Whigs had gravitated to two other parties: the Southern Rights Whigs to the Democratic and the remaining Whigs to eh American, or Know Nothing, Party. In the crucial year 1960, they shifted again, to the Constitutional Union Party.
The resurgence of party politics after the Civil War saw two national parties, the Republican and the Democratic. In Florida, the question of white
From: People in Lawmaking, Florida House of Representatives, 423 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, 32399-1300, April, 2000.