candidates supported by both major parties

As early as the first Federal elections in 1788, there were candidates, who while alligned with one party or another, was supported in the press by both parties in a particular election.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State: In the official designations of certain ministers presiding over executive departments of state.

Oxford English Dictionary

1787 - 1824: Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee

Office Scope: State

Role Scope: State