Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This Week in History: 1/3/2011

First U.S. presidential election

On January 7, 1789, the first presidential election of the United States of America was held following the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. At the time, only white, male property owners were allowed to vote within the Electoral College system. In this election, George Washington became elected as the first president of the United States, and John Adams became the first vice president. Washington was sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

To learn more about the First U.S. presidential election please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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