The day of the first US presidential election – level 3


The very first US presidential election was the only election that was stretched over two years. It lasted from December 15, 1788, to January 10, 1789. It took so long because the communication between states was very slow. There was no telephone and no telegraph in 1788.

George Washington was extremely popular at that time. He was a successful commander in the War of Independence which the US won. There was nobody who could oppose him in the election.

In 1788, there were only 10 states which took part in the election. 69 representatives from these states were chosen to elect the president. All 69 voted for George Washington. He became the first president of the United States.

Difficult words: election (when people vote to choose somebody for a position), commander (a leader in the army), oppose (to be an opponent in a competition).

What technological advances have enabled faster communication between states since the US's first presidential election?


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