The Presidents Code – 1808 Election

The Presidents Code – 1808 Election

1808 election

This was the second straight election in which the Federalists chose Charles Cotesworth Pinckney as their nominee but the same result occurred, a landslide victory for the Democratic-Republicans.  In the previous election it was Thomas Jefferson, this time it was Jefferson’s Secretary of State James Madison getting the victory.

Madison’s running mate was the Vice President for Thomas Jefferson, George Clinton.  This was the first of two times in American history in which a new President was elected with the incumbent Vice President continuing to serve.  The Presidency of James Madison pictured the war between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.  Clinton’s parable displayed Adam’s punishment where he would have to work the ground with the sweat of his brow and return to the dust when he died.

Charles Pinckney
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

As with James Madison, Charles Pinckney’s name meaning points to the narrative of Genesis 3.

Charles comes from the Germanic name ‘Karl’ which means man.  This name points to the first man in the Garden as the name Adam means man.

Cotesworth has the meaning of a cottage in the woods.  This would picture the Garden of Eden, a place of trees (Genesis 1:29; 2:9, 16-17; 3:2), in particular the tree of life and the tree of knowledge.

Pinckney has the meaning of “someone from Pincino’s village”.  Pincino has an obscure meaning which the author has yet to find.  That fact that this name is “hidden” points to the time period of Adam and Eve in the Garden and their fall due to eating from the tree of knowledge.  Due to their sin, Adam and Eve hid from God and tried to conceal their sin (Genesis 3:8-10; Proverbs 28:12-13).

Rufus King
Rufus King

Rufus King was the running mate of Charles Pinckney in the 1804 election and in this election as well.

Rufus means red haired.  In Hebrew, the word for red haired or ruddy is אדמוני ‘admoniy’ which comes from the root word דם ‘dam’ which literally means blood, as it is red in color. It is also speaking of an image or likeness, as the son from the blood of his father is in his likeness.  This points to Adam, whose name (אדם ‘adam’) comes from this same Hebrew root (דם ‘dam’).  Adam was also made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).

King comes from the Old English ‘cyning’ meaning a king.  This points to Adam’s dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28) which was lost when he and Eve were beguiled by the serpent.

As with the 1804 election, in the 1808 election it was seen that the “code” would have continued regardless of who was elected to the Presidency.  The narrative would have continued to be focused upon the events of the Garden of Eden.

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