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This Month in History – George Washington becomes 1st U.S. President

Page 1; Poughkeepsie Journal

On February 4, 1789, the Electoral College of the United States of America unanimously elected George Washington as the first President of the United States. While in the modern world the Electoral College has become a mere formality for electing the president, to the Founding Fathers, the election of George Washington represented a successful system that was created through extensive discussion and compromise in the Constitutional Convention. President Washington served two terms and remains the only president ever elected unanimously by the Electoral College. Learn more at the George Washington Page.

The image to the right is an account of President Washington’s Inaugural address of 1789.

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