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George Washington is elected President...



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April 15, 1789

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, April 15, 1789 

* George Washington presidential election win
* First report from the nation's capital at the time


Not only is this an historically significant issue--reporting the official election results of George Washington being elected President of the United States--but it is also the volume one, number one issue of this very famous title which was essentially the mouthpiece of the federal government. Printed in the nation's capital of New York City, when the capital moved to Philadelphia in 1790 so did this newspaper.
The top of page 2 contains the official report of the election of George Washington. The official election results were known on April 6 when the ballots for President & Vice President were counted in the Senate.
The prefacing comments, and the full report, can be seen in the photos below, taking almost the entire first column, and include: "The time appointed by the Congress, under the Old Confederation, for the assembling of the Senators and Representatives chosen to administer the New Constitution, was the fourth day of March last, an unfavourable season of the year for journeying. Through unavoidable delays, a quorum of the members did not arrive in this city till Monday the sixth inst. when being assembled, the Hon. John Langdon, Esq. was chosen President pro tempore. The votes of the Electors chosen by the several states were then opened and counted, and were as follows, vis:..." followed by a list of the votes for each person, with George Washington at the top with 69 votes, John Adams with 34, etc.
This chart is followed by: "Upon which his Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Esq. was announced PRESIDENT, and the Honourable JOHN ADAMS, Esq. VICE PRESIDENT of the United States..." and following this is a complete listing of the legislature of the United States noting both Senators and Representatives by state.
Truly a very historic report in perhaps the best title that could be had for this report.
Complete in four pages, a bit irregular at the margins but no loss of text, mild toning and a few small margin tears. One discrete archival mend at the bottom of page 2.

Note 1: Be careful of issues with an earlier date supposedly announcing the election of Washington, as they only "presume" the election results. This issue has the significant--and official--April 6 report.

Note 2: Another of this same title and date sold in auction in February, 2023 for $13,750.

Category: American