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Electoral college votes in 1789 US presidential election

The first President of the United States of America was George Washington, who was unanimously elected in the US' first presidential election in 1789. A total of 138 electoral votes were cast by the state legislatures in the 1789 elections; the candidate with the most votes would go on to become president, while the runner up became the vice president. The voting system in the US' government's infancy was very different to the modern system, with electors casting two votes; one for the president, and one for the vice president. The state legislature also made the decision of who to vote for on behalf of their state, as the results of a popular vote did not begin to provide the basis of these decisions until the 1824 election (and was used by all states in the 1840s). Future President John Adams was nominated as vice-president in 1789, with 34 of 69 electoral votes, beating his fellow Founding Father John Jay in the process.

Distribution of electoral college votes in the first US presidential election, in 1789

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Release date

June 2011

Region

United States

Survey time period

1789

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