This Day In History - U.S. Elects First President 1789

U.S. Elects First President 1789

Thursday, February 4, 2021

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Event Description

George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, is unanimously elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast their votes. John Adams of Massachusetts, who received 34 votes, was elected vice president. The electors, who represented 10 of the 11 states that had ratified the U.S. Constitution, were chosen by popular vote, legislative appointment,or a combination of both four weeks before the election.