1789 election

Results of the 1789 election

The United States presidential election, 1789 was held from 15 December 1788 to 10 January 1789, the first presidential election in the United States due to the recent passage of the US Constitution. All 69 electors cast their votes for George Washington; 11 other candidates were voted for by the electors' second votes, as members of the Electoral College were originally granted two votes each. John Adams won 34 of the second votes, while independent candidates received 35 second votes. Washington was unanimously elected in an election that did not include New York (due to electoral disputes) or the states of North Carolina and Rhode Island, which had not yet ratified the Constitution.


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