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After the War of Independence, some institutions such as the Bank of the United States were granted legal personality by the state or federal authorities. Of course, some of them ceased to exist (inc. the Bank), and lost their legal personality.

Did e.g. Jefferson's party (the Democrat-Republicans) ever have the status of a legally recognised entity, at either the state or federal level? Did it cease to have this status, before being resurrected by Jackson?

Edit: The point isn't which party it was; the question would be the same whether it was the Whig, Anti-Federalist, or any other.

  • No it's not. The point isn't what they called it; the question would be the same whether I used the term Jeffersonian, Anti-Federalist, or any other name. – Ne Mo Aug 13 '17 at 21:23
  • I have taken the liberty of "expanding" the question. If you agree with the expanded version, I will retract my close vote as no longer being a duplicate. – Tom Au Aug 13 '17 at 21:27
  • Cool beans..... – Ne Mo Aug 13 '17 at 21:39
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    I find the wording ambiguous. A legal person, in legal contexts often simply person, less ambiguously legal entity, is any human or non-human entity, in other words, any human being, firm, or government agency that is recognized as having legal rights and obligations, such as having the ability to enter into contracts, to sue, and to be sued.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_person. If the Republican or Democratic parties can directly, say, pay for ads or hire some rooms at the Watergate or have bank accounts, they are legal persons. – SJuan76 Aug 13 '17 at 22:25
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    @PieterGeerkens Firstly, that answer on Politics SE only talks about the situation since 1971 - hardly an answer to this question. Secondly, does every question about history and politics belong on Politics SE? As far as I can see it's perfectly on topic here. – sempaiscuba Aug 14 '17 at 1:02

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