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For what it is worth, the answer to the question could be argued to be Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

The Democratic Party evolved from Anti-Federalist factions that opposed the fiscal policies of Alexander Hamilton in the early 1790s. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison organized these factions into the Democratic-Republican Party. The party favored states' rights and strict adherence to the Constitution; it opposed a national bank and wealthy, moneyed interests. The Democratic-Republican Party ascended to power in the election of 1800.

But the party split on the eve of the civil war into Northern and Southern Democrats, and the current Republican party formed largely in opposition to Southern Democrats and Slavery, taking the White House in 1960 with the election of Abraham Lincoln.

But the question asks about a 'liberal' Democrat. This term would perhaps not be what is today associated with liberalism. Classically the term 'liberal' meant a political ideology that advocates free markets, limited government, constitutionalism, rule of law, due process, and individual liberties including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and others. So, Jefferson clearly was 'liberal' as was the Republican Lincoln, but the word has been since distorted by those who would ironically claim these principals today.

Sorry to interrupt, go on back to the name calling.

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