chapter  IV
IV Launching the New Government
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Hamilton’s apprehensions turned out to be unfounded. No other candidate was ever in serious contention. Washington received sixty-nine electoral votes, and John Adams, the runner-up, became vice president with thirty-four. John Jay and John Hancock appeared on some ballots, and George Clinton, the only opponent of ratifi cation, received only three votes from Virginia. The method of selecting electors, having been left to the states by the Constitution, was not uniform. They were chosen by popular vote in six states, by the legislature in three, and in one, New Jersey, by the governor and his council. A deadlock between the Antifederalist majority in the assembly and the Federalist-controlled senate prevented the appointment of electors in New York. But the outcome of the balloting was overwhelmingly popular: the election of the greatest living American to head the new government.