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