James Monroe shares a distinction with George Washington as the only presidents to run for office unopposed. The Democratic-Republican Party was so dominant (and Americans were feeling so patriotic) that no one challenged Monroe for reelection. BUT there were some deep, deep divisions bubbling under the surface. Issues that are a footnote in this election made the Civil War inevitable, 40 years later.
America’s first declared war was fought almost entirely in James Madison's second term. Would the Republicans look like heroes? Or would they be remembered as the idiots who got us into the country's most boring war?
It's finally time for another election without an incumbent president! The two pillars of American partisanship, Hamilton and Jefferson, were gone. What was next for America?