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1789

George Washington refuses to be president, and suggests that despite his age, Benjamin Franklin should run instead.

January 5

After thinking it over for a few days, 83 year-old Franklin agrees, but only with the provision that he is able to choose his own vice president. He is concerned about his advanced age and dying in office.

January 6

The Congress agrees to the provision.

January 7

Franklin chooses Thomas Jefferson as his Vice President.

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