by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/29/00, 12:00 am
John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson in the 1796 presidential campaign, and the rematch four years later was particularly intense. Yale president Timothy Dwight thought that Jeffersonians were "blockheads and knaves" intent on severing "the ties of marriage with all its felicities." Jeffersonians countered with a question aimed at Alexander Hamilton, who had lost his chance for the presidency when caught in adultery but was still politically active: "What shall we say of a faction that has at its head a confessed and professed adulterer?"