|George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1797|
The sixty nine members of the Electoral College met to vote on the man who would become the first president of the United States on 4th February 1789. They were offered a choice between Washington and John Adams and, with Washington claiming a unanimous victory, Adams was named Vice President. His triumph at the poll came as no surprise to anyone but there was certainly no time for Washington to relax and celebrate this historic achievement.
As soon as word reached the Washington home in Virginia, an anxious George Washington set off for New York and the first days of what has become an iconic office.