George Washington


How was George Washington elected president?

In the Constitution, the original method of electing the president called for no popular vote among the people at all. The election was determined by the votes of the members of the electoral college. The electors at that time selected two people. The person with the highest number of electoral votes would serve as president, while the person with the second highest number of votes would serve as vice president. There were sixty-nine electors for the presidential election of 1789. All sixty-nine cast votes for George Washington.


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