USS Constellation captures the L'Insurgente by Rear Admiral John William Schmidt, Shows the USS Constellation capturing the French vessel L'Insurgente on February 1799 during the Quasi-War with France.
The main issues in the election of 1800 revolved around the fallout from the French Revolution, including opposition to the tax imposed to pay for the mobilization of the new army and navy in the Quasi-War against France in 1798. The Alien and Sedition Acts, by which Federalists were trying to stifle dissent from Democratic-Republican newspaper editors, was also key
Commodore Thomas Truxtun Served in the Quasi-War with France and the first Barbary War in North Africa. During his career he commanded a number of famous ships, including USS Constitution and USS President.