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“Decision 1789: No Campaign Needed”


     When it came time for the newly born United States to elect its first president, everyone knew George Washington was the best man for the job. Not only had Washington led the Continental Army to victory in the country’s fight for independence from the British, he had also presided over the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that gave birth to a new democratic government.

     Washington had proven himself to be not only a strong leader, but a national hero. No campaign was needed to convince anyone. Washington therefore ran unopposed and was subsequently elected unanimously – not once, but twice in both 1789 and 1792 – making Washington the only presidential candidate to be elected by a unanimous vote (Eddins 2008).

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Works Cited:

Eddins, G. Z. (2008). Persuading the people: Presidential campaigns. Retrieved on 8 January 2016 from