“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” — George Washington
The very first presidential election in the United States of America concluded 230 years ago today, resulting in George Washington’s complete sweep of the Electoral College that led to the start of his first term in April 1789. Washington cemented his enormous favorability with the public while successfully leading the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, laying the groundwork for his future role as Commander-in-Chief. Representing the Federalist party, Washington received more than 90 percent of the popular vote for both of his presidential elections. Fellow Federalist John Adams served as Washington’s Vice President until his second term ended in 1797, when Adams would get the ultimate promotion as the second President of the United States.