President George Washington’s Legacy

For the first presidential election on February 4th, 1789 Washington received a near majority of 69 electoral votes for president, while John Adams received a narrow victory of 34 votes for vice president.

He inherited four departments from the Continental Congress, but had over 1,000 new government positions to fill.  By the end of his presidency, a number of his actions have become standardly today, such as having a Cabinet of advisors influenced by his wartime days and the standard two terms in office presidents.