“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington
George Washington was unanimously elected to his first term as President of the United States on this day in 1789, the only President in U.S. history to accomplish such a feat. Washington cemented his enormous popularity while successfully leading the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Representing the Federalist party, Washington received more than 90 percent of the popular vote, leading to a total sweep in the Electoral College. Fellow Federalist John Adams served as Washington’s Vice President until his second term ended in 1797, when Adams would get the ultimate promotion as the second President of the U.S.