This Day in History – January 7th

Two hundred and twenty eight years ago, on this day in 1789, the United States held it’s first ever presidential election. George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30th, 1789.

Washington, George

(George Washington Portrait from the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek – Austrian National Library)

History.com has more information about the first presidential election including this description:

As it did in 1789, the United States still uses the Electoral College system, established by the U.S. Constitution …. The president and vice president are the only elected federal officials chosen by the Electoral College instead of by direct popular vote.

Curious to learn more about the electoral college? CLICK HERE to see what books we have about the election process  in the United States.

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