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Congressional and Gubernatorial Elections of 1788 (President Infinity Alternate Elections)

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The Congressional and Gubernatorial Elections of 1788 were the first quadrennial elections to determine who would serve in the inaugural Congress and as Governors for every state. Under the Constitution, Congressmen, Senators, and Governors all serve four years terms with elections occurring all concurrently and with Presidential elections. Congressmen are to be chosen by a popular vote in each district; Senators are to by chosen through a nomination and election of the state legislatures; and, Governors to be selected by a popular vote in each state (with the runner-up becoming Lieutenant Governor). Under the Constitution, a Speaker of the House and a President Pro Tempore of the Senate were elected through a popular vote in the respective branch.

Although the Congress didn't take session until 1789, it was referred to by its year of election, 1788. This became the informal naming tradition of subsequent Congresses.

The Congress of 1788

Balance of Power

In the first Congress, neither factions nor parties had been established, and most members supported the election of President George Washington, either those with differing ideologies; as such, a balance of power was yet to take place. The Congress is attended by 26 Senators and 65 Congressmen

Major Legislation

The Bill of Rights (Ratification of 10 of 12 Proposed Articles)

Senate House Total
For 23 54 77
Against 3 6 9

The Bill is APPROVED by Congress and SIGNED by President Washington; therefore, it PASSES.

Admission of the States Vermont and Kentucky

Senate House Total
For 18 49 67
Against 8 11 19

The Bill is APPROVED by Congress and SIGNED by President Washington; therefore, it PASSES.

Fugitive Slave Act of 1792

Senate House Total
For 19 47 66
Against 7 13 20

The Bill is APPROVED by Congress and SIGNED by President Washington; therefore, it PASSES.

Speaker of the House

Candidate Votes For Winner
John Hancock 19
Richard H. Lee 19
Josiah Bartlet 22 X

President Pro Tempore of the Senate

Candidate Votes For Winner
Oliver Ellsworth 12 X
Patrick Henry 6
Albert Gallatin 8

Gubernatorial Elections of 1778

Like the Congressional Elections, the absence of parties made a balance of power obselete.

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