Washington’s First Term as President


1789 – Washington’s First Term as President

Washington’s First Term as President

After the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, one of the first major tasks for the new government was to elect a president so that the Executive Branch could begin functioning. A tremendously popular war hero and statesman, George Washington, won the first American election with one hundred percent of the electoral votes, and he remains the only president ever to do so. Washington was acutely aware of his position in history and his ability to set a precedent in regards to the executive. As such, he was diligent in bringing dignity and humility to the office. In light of this position, Washington remains the only president who were not a member of an American political party, as he believed them to be divisive and harmful to the common good.

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