1789 Presidential Election

George Washington
1789 Electoral Map
John Adams
1789 electoral map
Presidential
Candidate
State
Political
Party
Electoral
Vote
Popular
Vote
George Washington
Virginia
None
69 - 85.2%
38,818 -100%
John Adams
Massachusetts
Federalist
34 - 42%
 
John Jay
New York
Federalist
9 - 11.1%
 
Robert Harrison
Maryland
Federalist
6 - 7.4%
 
John Rutledge
South Carolina
Federalist
6 - 7.4%
 
John Hancock
Massachusetts
Federalist
4
George Clinton
New York
Anti-Federalist
3
Samuel Huntington
Connecticut
Federalist
2
John Milton
Georgia
Federalist
2
James Armstrong
Georgia
Federalist
1
Benjamin Lincoln
Massachusetts
Federalist
1
Edward Telfair
Georgia
Anti-Federalist
1

George Washington basically ran unopposed. The vote was to decide who would be chosen as vice president. Each elector cast two votes, the winner became president, and the runner-up became vice president. All 69 electors cast one vote for Washington. Their other votes were divided among eleven other candidates. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment changed this procedure.

*The New York legislature failed to appoint its allotted 8 electors in time, so there were no voting electors from New York.

*One elector from Virginia did not vote and another elector from Virginia was not chosen because an election district failed to submit returns.

*Two electors from Maryland did not vote.