1792 Presidential Election
The United States presidential election of 1792 was the second presidential election in the United States, and the first in which each of the original 13 states appointed electors (in addition to newly added states Kentucky and Vermont). It is also the only presidential election that was not held four years after the previous election.
As in 1789, President George Washington ran unopposed for a second term. Under the system in place then and through the election of 1800, each voting elector cast two votes — the recipient of the greatest number of votes was elected President, the second greatest number, Vice President. As with his first term, Washington is considered to have been elected unanimously.
1792 Election Results
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1792 Election Facts
- Prior to 1804, each Elector cast two votes for President, effectively doubling the votes cast
- Each Elector selected Washington with one of his votes, effectively making him unanimous choice for President. That is reflected on the map above. By coming in 2nd, John Adams was named Vice-President
- Virginia's 21 Electoral Votes represents 15.9% of total. This is the greatest concentration for one state in history of the U.S.
- Welcome: Kentucky & Vermont become states during this election cycle
- Issues of the Day: Militia Act of 1792