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Author Topic: FIRST AND GREATEST: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED PRESIDENT - 1789  (Read 25 times)
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« on: February 04, 2018, 09:41:37 am »

George Washington is unanimously elected President by the Electoral College on this date [he will repeat that feat in 1792], and will be the only President to ever achieve that feat, even once.

Washington's unanimous election by the College was due to several factors. First, there were no competing political parties in existence when Washington was first elected President. Political parties in America grew out of the differing philosophies [and rivalry] of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson [Jefferson's antipathy with John Adams didn't help, either]. Second, Washington was, well, Washington. the role of President was created with him in mind. Most of the united States did indeed see him as the "Father of His Country".

Washington basically invented the practices all of the Presidents who succeeded him [except FDR not sticking to two terms] to this day. He was our greatest President [IMHO].
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