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The First U.S. Presidential Election


On January 7, 1789 the United States held the first Presidential Election as decreed by the Election Ordinance passed by the Confederation Congress on September 13, 1788.

The January 7th vote created electoral voters from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. North Carolina and Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution and New York legislature was unable to pass an election act in time.

On February 4, 1789 the Electors voted George Washington as the first President of the United States with 69 of the 138 votes cast.

Posted:  2004-01-07  3:35:57 PM

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