Pleased to report on an another marathon session of Founding Fathers that took place during the recent Holiday break, in between Christmas and New Years. This time we had a full compliment of six players, and we tackled the full game, using both the Officers and Statesmen and Ladies and Orators expansions. In all, it took approximately 12 hours to complete (starting around Noon, ending just after Midnight, with a short dinner break after about six or seven hours in). The players (and their respective faction colors) were David (GREEN), Pete P (YELLOW), John B (ORANGE), Pete M (PURPLE), Tom (BLUE) and yours truly, John W (RED). This session report will focus on the highlights of the session, including the back-room deals and political electioneering that began in 1789 and ended with the outbreak of Civil War after a high-tension election in 1852.
PURPLE began the game with George Washington as President, and the first issue called for a death roll, and this time it was Vice President John Adams (BLUE) to be the first Statesmen eliminated. First issue was the Quasi-War with France, which was resolved by a favorable Congressional vote, 38-19. The office of Secretary of Navy is created, and Alexander Hamilton (ORANGE) becomes its first occupant. The Bill of Rights comes up for a vote, and it passes (45-12). The third year sees the issue of Creation of a National Bank, ignored by President Washington (perhaps because Hamilton was not there at the Treasury Department to champion the concept). Ditto, in year four, for the thorny issue of Slavery, which was also put on the back-burner. With the leadership of Treasury Secretary John Jay (ORANGE), a controversial Tariff measure is narrowly approved, by a vote of 32-31, with the President’s faction having to spend an IP to secure passage.
The election of 1792 takes place; candidates are Washington (Conservative party leader and incumbent) and Jefferson (GREEN faction, Liberal party leader). Jefferson’s running mate, the ubiquitous Elbridge Gerry (GREEN), actually outpolls the man from Monticello and becomes the new VP, as Washington wins re-election, with 98 electoral votes to 75 for Gerry, 69 for Jefferson and 26 for Washington’s running mate, Charles Pinckney (RED). New Statesmen arrive on the scene, in the form of JQ Adams (RED) and Patrick Henry (GREEN).
The first issue facing the second term of the Washington administration is a Virginia Slave Revolt, which is easily suppressed by General Aaron Burr (RED). Patrick Henry, having given one successful speech, becomes the second Statesman eliminated from the game by the dreaded death roll, earning 1 VP for GREEN. British Attacks on US Shipping are resolved via negotiations, approved by a unanimous 63-0 Congressional vote. Midway through his second term, President Washington dies and is replaced by Elbridge Gerry. With help from newly appointed Envoy John Quincy Adams, negotiations resulting in the Louisiana Purchase are concluded. Finally, General Burr is called upon again, winning the Northwest Indian War to clear territory for more future States to be added to the Union. Albert Gallatin (GREEN) is rewarded with a second term as Secretary of State. A second Tariff is met with unanimous approval (53-0) and, once again, it is election time.
For the election of 1796, the candidates are those two historical foes, Aaron Burr (Liberal) and Alexander Hamilton (Conservative). Burr’s running mate is Charles Pinckney while Hamilton anoints John Marshall (PURPLE). Burr wins, 85 votes to 72 for Hamilton, who becomes VP, with Marshall (62) and Pinckney (49) trailing. Incumbent President Gerry is forced into retirement.
The first issue in President Burr’s administration involves relocation of the Capital. After much politicking, it passes by a vote of 40 to 32. Chief Justice Benjamin Franklin (PURPLE) becomes the next Statesman to die. President Burr then decides to sidestep the potentially unpopular Sedition Act. John Marshall, who succeeds Franklin as Chief Justice, introduces the Theory of Judicial Review. Then, in a huge surprise, Women’s Suffrage is approved by a vote of 69-0; I suspect this happened because everyone wanted to see how this part of the recent expansion played out, but no doubt there was some back-room, pillow talk and behind-the-scenes activity by Dolley Todd and Abigail Adams on behalf of the ladies – so, at least in this game, the gentlemen running the Government were more than a Century ahead of time. Finally, a third tariff passes by a vote of 62-7.
The election of 1800 takes place next. President Burr leads the Liberal party, going once again with Pinckney as his running mate. Hamilton, seeing the likelihood of another defeat looming, declines to run, and the Conservative ticket is CC Pinckney (YELLOW) and James Wilson (BLUE). Burr wins re-election with 85 electoral votes, while Wilson (with 72), the VP candidate of the opposite party, becomes the new VP under the pre-12th Amendment arrangement. CC Pinckney (next with 62) gets a loser token, followed by the Liberal Pinckney with 49.
The first female Statesmen make their appearance, with Dolley Todd (YELLOW) and Abigail Adams (RED) submitting their credentials. The Panic of 1797 sets in, an event triggered by PURPLE that costs President Burr some popularity. Given issues with the electoral process, the 12th Amendment sails through by a unanimous vote (70-0) as the first issue in President Burr’s second term. Next, Tennessee becomes the first new State added to the Union, by an overwhelming vote of 61-9, and Andrew Jackson appears for the ORANGE faction, as the first representative of the new state. There is somewhat less enthusiasm for Paying Off War Bonds, which passes over some spirited opposition (31-21). Finally, Kentucky follows Tennessee into the Union with minimal opposition (only 9 votes against). Worried about the financial situation, President Burr’s final act is to push through a Refined Sugar Tax, which passes by a vote of 73-0. However, this backfires as a bad die roll on the Outrage table means Burr loses loses 3 popularity and retires with a total of 12 VP for his RED faction when the total could have been higher.
Election time, and for 1804 it’s the party tickets that matter given the passage of the 12th Amendment. Hamilton returns to head the Conservative ticket, with Thomas Pinckney (PURPLE) as his running mate. Liberal party leadership falls to James Madison (YELLOW), who has been carefully groomed for the top spot, with Gallatin (GREEN) as his running mate. Some election chicanery (NC divides its vote played by YELLOW) enables the Liberal ticket to come out on top, 77-65.
In 1805, President Madison decides to ignore a proposal to assume State debts. The Land Act of 1804 comes up in 1806 and, with the assistance of newly-minted Secretary of State Fisher Ames (BLUE), it passes (50-32). In 1807, James Wilson dies, having earned 2 VP for the BLUE faction. Then, Ohio is added to the Union by a unanimous 82-0 vote. Lastly, an effort to fund Internal Improvements fails by a 46-30 vote.
For the next election, in 1808, Conservatives are more popular, and Conservative party leader Hamilton taps Chief Justice Marshall (PURPLE) as his running mate. They defeat the Madison-Gallatin ticket, 118 electoral votes to 91, sending President Madison into retirement (scoring 13 VP for YELLOW). Definite trend towards the Conservatives, as newspaper support gets them to +5 on the popularity chart.
Hamilton’s first term sees the addition of Illinois to the Union (by a vote of 68-9), then long-time Liberal stalwart Thomas Jefferson dies (he earned 6 VP for GREEN) but did not succeed to the Presidency as in real life. Next issue (coming up a couple of years early) is the War of 1812, which President Hamilton (always a big fan of the British) chooses to ignore. George Clinton becomes the next Statesman to depart the scene, having earned a paltry 2 VP for ORANGE. Next issue, in 1811, the Specie Circular, is subject of some hearty debate before being approved by a vote of 54-15 after some heavy politicking by the Hamilton administration. Next, the female Statesman Abigail Adams dies, not really having had much opportunity to have an impact other than her work behind the scenes in helping secure female suffrage. Final issue is the Doerr Rebellion, which sees the crisis averted by the intervention of Attorney General JQ Adams.
On to the election of 1812, and the Conservative ticket of Hamilton and Marshall rides the wave of popularity to a second term, winning 125 electoral votes to 88 for the Liberal ticket of Gallatin and Edward Everett (RED). Fisher Ames, who has been quietly gaining in prestige through various Cabinet offices, makes another successful speech in his bid to succeed Hamilton as Conservative party leader.
In 1813, Oliver Ellsworth (who was scarcely noticed in this game) dies, and Financial Panic is averted due to the skill of Treasury Secretary JQ Adams. Next, Fisher Ames, having been shifted to the plum position of Secretary of State, helps secure the admission of Arkansas to the Union, in 1814, by a vote of 59-5. John Jay, one of the original founders, is next to depart the scene, having earned 6 VP for ORANGE. The Panic of 1819 hits a few years early (in 1815), but then the voting on the issue is interrupted as Charles C. Pinckney challenges Andrew Jackson to a duel. Both men take up the challenge, and both are good shots, eliminating both from the game (Pinckney earned 3 VP for YELLOW, Jackson 1 VP for ORANGE). This altercation leads to the QUOTE OF THE GAME: Having initiated the duel, the YELLOW faction leader (Pete P) says to the ORANGE faction leader: “I’ll vote for it if you give me an office; no hard feelings on the duel.” Anyway, Dolley Todd (YELLOW) is named Chief Justice, and William Marcy (PURPLE) is the new General, and financial panic is averted by a vote of 54-5, again with JQ Adams as point man at the Treasury department for the Hamilton administration. Then, with an election looming, General Marcy is called upon to put down the Nat Turner slave uprising. Finally, with two terms in the books, President Hamilton retires, having earned a lofty total of 21 VP for the ORANGE faction, making him the most successful Statesman in the game thus far.
So, clearing the decks for the election of 1816, the Conservative ticket has the new party leader, Fisher Ames (BLUE), tapping John Marshall who is now running for a third consecutive term as Vice President. The Liberals go with Charles Pinckney (RED), and the wave of popularity once again carries the Conservative ticket to victory, 125 electoral votes to 91. The ORANGE faction decides to take some graft to gain some influence, which is then used to win a bid for extra initiative in the People phase.
In 1817, newly-elected President Ames decides to ignore the thorny question of Extending Slavery to the new Territories, a move that gains him some influence without a loss of popularity. Louisiana is added to the Union in 1818 (by a vote of 41-11, with RED opposed), followed by Indiana a year later (by 52-0), with newly minted Secretary of State Gallatin (GREEN) leading the way. Finally, the Second Seminole War results in another military triumph, with new General Winfield Scott (PURPLE) garnering the lion’s share of the credit (William Marcy having been shifted to Attorney General by President Ames).
The Conservative party remains popular, winning a fourth straight election, this time it’s the Ames-Marshall ticket prevailing with 146 electoral votes, to 80 for Liberal ticket of Gallatin and Martin Van Buren (BLUE). During the People phase, the Republic of Texas is established, paving the way for possible future admission of that State into the Union.
French Attacks on US Shipping dominate the headlines in 1821, and President Ames sends Special Envoy James Polk (YELLOW) to negotiate, a result that is ratified by Congress by a vote of 49-13 (with ORANGE and RED opposed). Then, in 1822, two years after the Second Seminole War, the first Seminole War is successfully prosecuted, more kudos to General Scott. Chief Justice Gouvernor Morris dies, but he ends up being just a footnote in the history created in this session. In 1823, Michigan is added to the Union, by a lopsided vote of 60-2. Finally, the issue of creating a National Bank is once again discussed, and once again tabled for another day.
On to the election of 1824, with Fisher Ames retiring after a moderately successful two terms. His successor as Conservative party leader is JQ Adams (RED) who selects faction-mate George Dallas (RED) as his running mate, but – despite faction control over both candidates -- Adams finds it tough going being boxed in in New England, so the Liberals – led by James Monroe (YELLOW) and VP candidate Daniel Tompkins (ORANGE) -- finally return to power, 120 to 109 electoral votes, in one of the closest elections to date. During the People phase, both Adams and John Marshall whip up support for the Conservative cause, which remains the most popular party (at +3) although the Liberals have been gaining, and now have control of the government.
The Nullification crisis arises as the prime issue in 1825, and the appointment of James Buchanan as Attorney General secures the support of the RED faction, shepherding the passage of legislation to avert the crisis (by a 38-25) favored by the Administration. Rufus King dies (2 VP for YELLOW). James Polk (YELLOW) takes the helm at the State Department and pushes through the Monroe Doctrine in 1826 (appropriate given Monroe is now President). In 1827, the Indian Removal Act is ignored by President Monroe, whose influence is already seen as waning halfway into his first term. Finally, in 1828, one major legislative triumph – the Land Act of 1820 -- is approved by a unanimous vote of 62-0, as everyone is geared up for an election year, with the Conservatives once again the more popular of the two major parties.
For the election of 1828, Liberal party leadership reverts to Albert Gallatin, forcing President Monroe into retirement (his VP total dropping from 9 to 8 VP for YELLOW as Panic of 1825 is played) after just one term. Gallatin (GREEN) taps Dolly Todd Madison (YELLOW) as his running mate, and the spouse of the former President becomes the first female to run for high office, surrendering the Chief Justice job. John Marshall, having served four terms as VP, succeeds Adams (who declined to run) and accepts the mantle at the top of the ticket for the Conservatives, with running mate William Marcy (PURPLE). The result is a Liberal landside, the Gallatin-Dolly Todd ticket garnering 185 electoral votes to just 75 for the Conservatives, and public support has shifted to the Liberals, after a long run of popularity for the Conservatives.
The first term of President Gallatin begins with the appointment of Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State, the result of a prior arrangement between the GREEN (Gallatin) and BLUE (Van Buren) factions. First issue is the Adams-Onis Treaty, which passes by a vote of 49-12 with the RED faction (which happens to include JQ Adams) opposed, mainly because Adams wasn’t named Secretary of State, but this vote clears the way for possible admission of Florida as a state. Ugly words are exchanged between John Marshall and VP Dolly Todd, but the effort backfires as Marshall loses 2 popularity. A proposal to extend Slavery is ignored for a second time. Then, in 1831, Missouri is admitted as a State, by a unanimous vote. Jessie Benton (RED) enters the game as the third female Statesman. Former VP and Chief Justice Marshall dies in early 1832, having scored 5 VP for PURPLE. John Tyler (GREEN) succeeds him as Chief Justice. Finally, with another election looming, the Gallatin Administration decides to table the Ostend Manifesto.
For the election of 1832, President Gallatin taps John McLean (ORANGE) as his running mate, replacing Dolly Todd given the critical position that McLean’s state, Ohio, occupies on the electoral map. The Conservatives go back to JQ Adams, who picks another Ohioan, William Henry Harrison (PURPLE) as his VP candidate. However, the popularity of the Liberal party enables the Gallatin-McLean ticket to prevail by a lopsided 188-74 electoral margin. After the election, the YELLOW and PURPLE factions push the support toward the Conservatives (+1).
Second term of the Gallatin administration, in 1833 the Indian Removal Act comes up a second time, and again it is ignored. Next, once again, is a proposal to Charter a National Bank, this time for a third time, and once again, that issue is ignored – Gallatin’s is already thought of as a “do nothing” Administration. A bunch of offices are handed out, and enough votes are garnered to secure Iowa’s admission into the Union, in 1835, via a vote of 50-16. Thomas Pinckney dies, kind of a non-event since he won no VPs for his faction, his one stint as Postmaster General saving him from total anonymity. The Third Seminole War is successfully prosecuted by General Scott, and Gallatin is finally retired, but not after earning 24 VPs for the GREEN faction, but remember Gallatin has been around since the outset, in 1789.
JQ Adams is back for another try at the Presidency, picking Tyler as his running mate, and this time he is successful, riding a new wave of Conservative popularity, defeating the Liberal ticket of Van Buren (BLUE) and Dolley Todd (YELLOW) by an electoral margin of 189 to 87. Stephen Douglas (PURPLE) arrives on the scene and quickly makes himself felt, with a successful speech and meanwhile generating additional public support for the Conservative cause.
An era of good feeling prevails for the first part of JQ Adams’ first term, as the issues of Preventing Fugitive Slave Act and admission of Maine as a State (with the backing of the influential Douglas as new Secretary of State) meet with approval by identical 71-0 votes. The issue of an Independent Treasury system sparks some debate, but in 1839 it, too, sails through, by a vote of 51-20. In 1840, Charles Pinckney dies, and the Oregon Treaty squeaks through by a vote of 43-27. Finally, in an effort to gain a bit of popularity in an election season, President Adams manages to ramrod a repeal of the Refined Sugar Tax (originally passed in the Burr administration), and this effort succeeds by a vote of 40-29.
Election of 1840 sees Liberal Party leader Van Buren declining to challenge the popular President, biding his time for a more opportune moment. Adams anoints William Henry Harrison as his running mate, countering the move by Liberal nominee Charles Sumner (GREEN) who had gone with Ohioan John McLean. End result is a second term for President Adams, but this time the electoral tally was somewhat closer, 164 to 111. The re-election of Adams is followed by the Panic of 1847 (seven years ahead of schedule), diminishing the popularity of the Conservative party. Abraham Lincoln has appeared on the scene (ORANGE) and makes a favorable first impression with his maiden speech.
Now it’s 1841, and it’s an unfortunate date in history as it represents the death of that great female Statesman, Dolly Todd Madison, who served ably as Chief Justice, First Lady, and Vice President, earning a total of 5 VP for the YELLOW faction. The issue of territorial expansion and Buying Western Lands proves popular, sailing through Congress by a unanimous 72-0 vote. Millard Fillmore is named to replace Dolly as Chief Justice, and Abe Lincoln’s efforts are rewarded with appointment as Attorney General, with President Adams reaching across the aisle to recognize this new talent. Stephen O. Douglas, always the opportunist, seeks and obtains the newly created post of Interior Secretary, and he immediately boosts his stock by pushing through the admission of Texas in 1842, by a vote of 66-6. James Polk is named Treasury Secretary, and the Fugitive Slave Act receives Congressional approval, but not without a fight, passing in 1843 by a vote of 46 to 31. In his farewell to the nation, President Adams works with Secretary Douglas to add Minnesota to the Union, which meets with unanimous approval, 71-0, in 1844.
President Adams’ forced retirement after two terms boosts RED’s VP total to 38. William Marcy, currently Secretary of the Navy, becomes the new Conservative party leader, and he selects Harrison for another term as VP. They defeat the Liberal ticket of Van Buren and McLean by a route, 220 electoral votes to 53. Liberal newspaper funding reaches a furious pace to tip the balance of public support back to the Liberals (by +2).
The Marcy administration takes office in early 1845, which sees the death of William Crawford, who added just 2 VP for the BLUE faction. Marcy elects to sidestep the issue of Extending Slavery to the Southwest, and the same happens when the possibility of Improved Relations with Japan emerges in 1846. DeWitt Clinton, who largely escaped notice during his comparatively lackluster career, dies suddenly. In 1847, President Marcy gears up for a fight in Congress, as the issue of Preventing the Kansas-Nebraska Act is discussed, squeaking through by a vote of 34-29. Finally, a relatively easy issue – admission of Wisconsin as a State, which passes with token opposition in 1848 by a vote of 52-11. With another election looming, it’s time for the Panic of 1857 (nine years early on this one), and Marcy loses some popularity headed into the election.
Marcy selects VP Harrison as his running mate, but this time the Liberal Party – once again running the ticket of Van Buren and McLean, in a rematch of the 1844 election – is able to pull off some electoral shenanigans, using the Liberty and Know Nothing parties to split away some votes and take the election by a count of 155 to 122 for the Conservatives. President Marcy is forced into retirement after just one term, having secured 12 VP for the PURPLE faction. Ugly words are played by the PURPLE faction, on behalf of Harrison, but this attempt to take down the newly-elected President fails. Another duel, this time matching Thomas Hart Benton (RED) and Davy Crockett (YELLOW) once again results in the elimination of both Statesman – no misses this game! The newly arrived Benton scored no VPs, and Crockett – on the fringe of most of the big political moves – scores only 2 VP for YELLOW, but at least he survived 12 years longer than his real-life demise at the Alamo in Texas.
In 1849, the issue of War with Mexico comes to the fore, and unfortunately, my notes do not track how this was resolved; I suspect it was another military victory for General Scott. The Van Buren Adminstration, with some adroit deal-making, manages to secure passage of the admission of Oregon (in 1850) and the Gadsden Purchase (in 1851) by identical 61-9 votes. Finally, with Issue deck running out, the final issue is the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which passes by a close vote of 39-37, with the YELLOW, RED and PURPLE factions opposed. But, John Brown’s famous Raid on Harper’s Ferry takes place, creating the atmosphere for a high-tension election (guaranteed to be the final election of the game as the issue deck had been depleted for a third time).
The parties split along the following lines for the election of 1852:
Northern Liberals: President Van Buren (BLUE) and Charles Sumner (GREEN).
Southern Liberals: Winfield Scott (PURPLE) and Lewis Cass (ORANGE)
Northern Conservatives: Stephen Douglas (PURPLE) and William Harrison (PURPLE)
Southern Conservatives: James Polk (ORANGE) and Franklin Pierce (YELLOW)
The Van Buren-Sumner did the best, earning 124 electoral votes, far short of a majority, sending the election into the Congress. Polk-Pierce was second (61), followed by Douglas-Harrison (58) with Scott-Cass (44) trailing. Thus, it came down to a vote of the State delegations among Van Buren, Polk and Douglas. The PURPLE faction pushed for their man (Douglas) to win while BLUE, having tried very hard to win the election, began to worry about the effects –losing VPs for votes in Congress – and tired to steer the result in a different direction. In the end, Douglas secured the support of just four States (Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Maine) while Polk commanded the support of just one (South Carolina). Despite splitting the vote of his home state of New York, Van Buren emerged victorious, winning the states of Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
With the election of a Northern Liberal, the nation was sent careening on the path to Civil War. In game terms, this meant subtracting VPs for influence cubes and votes in Congress. The following tally was the result:
BLUE 67 VP – 16 = 51 VP
GREEN 59 VP -- 9 = 50 VP
YELLOW 54 VP – 14 = 40 VP
RED 50 VP - 10 = 40 VP
ORANGE 41 VP – 11 = 30 VP
PURPLE 51 VP - 23 = 28 VP
Despite losing the second most VP support due to the outbreak of Civil War, Tom’s BLUE faction managed to secure the win by a narrow one point margin over David (GREEN).
Even with a six-player game, every player’s faction managed to make it to the Presidency at least once during the game. The rise of the Female Statesmen, particularly Dolly Todd, was a pleasing result, as was the very exciting final four-way High Tension election at the end. I plan to post a few more details in a couple of follow-up reports, notably looking at the career paths of various Statesmen in the game.
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Despite losing, this was a a top 10 gaming experience of my life. Well Fucking played Tom. Love the game and all guys playing with us. John Weber you rock! for organizing this and for the awesome write up. I loved playing Dolly Madison. I've never been so emotional and personal over over a board game until she died. That type of shit can't be replicated in a life less euro game. Can't wait until July when we play again.
That was a great event. Thanks for carving it into stone here for all time, John. I was surprised to see that giving women the vote wasn’t as calamitous as I had feared. The crazy four-way election being thrown into the House was a fitting end. Having cultivated Van Buren for the presidency over many years, I am afraid I must bear some responsibility for starting the Civil War. It was worth it.
Looking forward to another try, maybe with an earlier tee time, around the Fourth of July.
Career Paths of 11 Presidents in Game
First of a couple of reports showing career arcs of various Statesmen in the above referenced game. We’ll start with those who served as President, listing the various offices held and achievements as part of the history developed by the game.
1. GEORGE WASHINGTON
1789 - Resolved Quasi-War with France
1790 – Bill of Rights passed
1792 - Passed first Tariff, re-elected President
1794 - Resolved British Attacks on US Shipping
1795 - Dies in Office
2. ELBRIDGE GERRY
1792 – Elected Vice President (pre-12th Amendment)
1795 – Becomes President upon death of Washington
1795 - Louisiana Purchase
1796 - Passed 2nd Tariff
1796 – Forced into Retirement (not a Candidate for Re-election)
3. AARON BURR
1789 – Married Abigail Smith
1790 – Named General of Army (first Washington Administration)
1793 – Suppressed Virginia Slave Revolt
1796 – Wins NW Indian War
1796 – Becomes Liberal Party Leader, Elected President
1797 – Relocation of Capitol
1799 – Women’s Suffrage passed
1800 – Passed 3rd Tariff
1800 – Re-elected President
1801 – Passage of 12th Amendment
1802 – Tennessee added as 14th State
1803 - War Bonds Paid Off
1804 – Kentucky added as 15th State
1804 – Refined Sugar Tax
1804 – Retires after 2 Terms as President
4. JAMES MADISON
1793 – Married Dolly Todd
1797 – Secretary of State (first Burr Administration)
1801 – Secretary of State (second Burr Administration)
1804 – Becomes Liberal Party Leader, Elected President
1806 – Passage of Land Act of 1804
1807 – Ohio added as 16th State
1808 – Retires (defeated in bid for Re-election)
5. ALEXANDER HAMILTON
1789 – Secretary of Navy (first Washington Administration)
1794 – Secretary of Treasury (second Washington Administration)
1796 – Conservative Party Leader, loses Election to Burr
1797 – Vice President (pre-12th Amendment)
1801 – Conservative Party Leader (out of office)
1804 – loses Election to Madison
1808 - Conservative Party Leader, Elected President
1809 – Illinois added as 17th State
1811 – Passage of Specie Circular
1812 – Doerr Rebellion Suppressed
1812 – Re-elected President
1814 – Arkansas added as 18th State
1816 – Retires after two terms
6. FISHER AMES
1789 – Secretary of War (first Washington Administration)
1793 – Secretary of War (second Washington Administration)
1801 - Postmaster General (second Burr Administration)
1809 – Secretary of Treasury (first Hamilton Administration)
1813 – Secretary of State (second Hamilton Administration)
1816 – Cons. Party Leader, Elected President
1818 - Louisiana added as 19th State
1819 – Indiana added as 20th State
1820 – Re-elected President
1821 - Resolve French Attacks on US Shipping
1823 – Michigan added as 21st State
1824 – Retires after two terms
7. JAMES MONROE
1805 – Attorney General (Madison Administration)
1824 – Liberal Party Leader, Elected President
1825 – Resolves Nullification Crisis
1826 – Monroe Doctrine
1827 – Land Act of 1820
1828 – Retires (not nominated for Re-election)
8. ALBERT GALLATIN
1789 – Secretary of State (first Washington Administration)
1793 – Secretary of State (under President Gerry)
1797 – Secretary of Treasury (first Burr Administration)
1801 – Attorney General (second Burr Administration)
1804 – Elected Vice President (Madison Administration)
1808 – Lost bid for Re-election as Vice President
1812 – Liberal Party Leader, loses Election to Hamilton
1816 – Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1817 – Secretary of State (first Ames Administration)
1820 – Liberal Party Leader, loses Election to Ames
1828 – Liberal Party Leader, Elected President
1829 – Adams-Onis Treaty
1831 – Missouri added as 22nd State
1832 – Re-elected President
1835 – Iowa added as 23rd State
1836 – Retires after two terms
9. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
1793 – Enters game
1794 – Named Envoy (second Washington Administration)
1797 – Named Envoy (first Burr Administration)
1801 – Secretary of Treasury (second Burr Administration)
1809 – Secretary of Treasury (first Hamilton Administration)
1813 – Secretary of Treasury (second Hamilton Administration)
1815 – Averts Financial Panic
1817 – Named Envoy (first Ames Administration)
1821- Secretary of War (second Ames Administration)
1824 – Conservative Party Leader, loses Election to Monroe
1832 – Conservative Party Leader, loses Election to Gallatin
1836 – Conservative Party Leader, Elected President
1837 – Prevent Fugitive Slave Act
1838 – Maine added as 24th State
1839 – Established Independent Treasury System
1840 – Oregon Treaty
1840 – Repeal of Refined Sugar Tax
1840 – Re-elected President
1841 – Purchase of Western Lands
1842 – Texas added as 25th State
1843 – Fugitive Slave Act
1844 – Minnesota added as 26th State
1844 – Retires after two terms
10. WILLIAM MARCY
1809 – Enters game
1809 – Named Envoy (first Hamilton Administration)
1815 – Named General (second Hamilton Administration)
1816 – Puts down Nat Turner Slave Uprising
1817 – Attorney General (first Ames Administration)
1821 – Secretary of Navy (second Ames Administration)
1828 – Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1837 – Secretary of Navy (first Adams Administration)
1841 – Secretary of Navy (second Adams Administration)
1844 – Conservative Party leader, Elected President
1847 – Prevents Kansas-Nebraska Act
1848 – Wisconsin added as 27th State
1848 – Retires (defeated in bid for Re-election)
11. MARTIN VAN BUREN
1809 – Enters game
1809 – Secretary of War (first Hamilton Administration)
1813 – Attorney General (second Hamilton Administration)
1820 – Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1821 – Secretary of State (second Ames Administration)
1829 – Secretary of State (first Gallatin Administration)
1833 – Attorney General (second Gallatin Administration)
1836 – Liberal Party Leader, loses Election to Adams
1841 – Postmaster General (second Adams Administration)
1844 – Liberal Party Leader, loses Election to Marcy
1848 – Liberal Party Leader, Elected President
1849 – Mexican-American War
1850 – Oregon added as 28th State
1851 – Gadsden Purchase
1852 – Webster-Ashburton Treaty
1852 – Re-elected in House after High Tension Election
1853 – Outbreak of Civil War
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And here's some details on the career paths of Statesmen who did not make it to the Presidency but played roles in developing the history of the game.
DOLLEY TODD MADISON
1793 – marries James Madison
1800 - Women’s suffrage passed
1800 – enters game as Statesman
1805 – becomes first lady
1805 – Envoy (Madison Administration)
1815 – Chief Justice
1828 – Elected Vice President (first Gallatin Administration)
1833 – Envoy (second Gallatin Administration)
1836 – Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1837 – Chief Justice
1841 – Dies
1789 – Chief Justice
1796 - Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1799 – Develops Theory of Judicial Review
1808 – Elected Vice President (first Hamilton Administration)
1812 – Re-elected Vice President (second Hamilton Administration)
1816 – Re-elected Vice President (first Ames Administration)
1820 – Re-elected Vice President (second Ames Administration)
1828 – Conservative Candidate for President, loses Election
1832 – Dies
CHARLES C. PINCKNEY
1789 – Attorney General (first Washington Administration)
1794 – Secretary of Navy (Gerry Administration)
1797 – named General of Army (first Burr Administration)
1800 – Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1805 – Secretary of the Navy (Madison Administration)
1814 – Killed in Duel with Andrew Jackson
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
1824 – Enters game
1832 – Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1840 – Elected Vice President (second JQ Adams Administration)
1844 – Re-elected Vice President (Marcy Administration)
1848 – Candidate for Vice President, loses Election
1852 – Candidate for Vice President (with Douglas, Northern Conservatives)
1820 – Enters game
1821 – Envoy (first Ames Administration)
1821 – Resolves French Attacks on US Shipping
1825 – Secretary of State (Monroe Administration)
1837 – Secretary of Treasury (first JQ Adams Administration)
1841 – Secretary of Treasury (second JQ Adams Administration)
1845 – Postmaster General (Marcy Administration)
1852 – Candidate for President (Southern Conservatives)
1836 – Enters game
1837 – Secretary of State (first JQ Adams Administration)
1841 – Secretary of Interior (second JQ Adams Administration)
1845 – Secretary of State (Marcy Administration)
1852 – Candidate for President (Northern Conservatives)
1840 – Enters game
1841 – Attorney General (second JQ Adams Administration)
1808 – Enters game
1817 – named General of Army (first Ames Administration)
1820 – wins Second Seminole War
1822 – wins First Seminole War
1836 – wins Third Seminole War
1852 – Candidate for President (Southern Liberals)
1824 – Enters game
1829 – Envoy (first Gallatin Administration)
1833 – Secretary of the Navy (second Gallatin Administration)
1852 – Candidate for Vice President (Southern Liberals)
1824 – Enters game
1829 – Secretary of Treasury (first Gallatin Administration)
1833 – Secretary of State (second Gallatin Administration)
1840 – Liberal Candidate for President, loses Election
1849 – Secretary of State (Van Buren Administration)
1852 – Candidate for Vice President (Northern Liberals)