United States presidential election, 1792

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President George Washington was still popular when his four years in office were over. He was reluctant to run for a second term, and even composed the first draft of his Farewell Address, but Jefferson and Hamilton (already beginning to be political enemies) united one last time to convince him to run for re-election[1]. He consented to serve a second term, but would never consider a third term. [2]

This election was held before the Twelfth Amendment, so each elector had two votes; the runner-up would become Vice-President. Thus, with one vote from each elector, George Washington was unanimously re-elected. The results were:

candidates electoral vote
George Washington 132
John Adams 77
George Clinton 50
Thomas Jefferson 4
Aaron Burr 1

[3]

References

  1. America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800. Bernard A. Weisberger.
  2. Encyclopedia of Presidents, George Washington, by Zachary Kent, Children's Press, 1986.
  3. A Pictoral History of the U.S. Presidents, by Clare Gibson, Gramercy Books, 2001.
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