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It came to a shock of many when George Washington, the most likely candidate for the presidential election declined a year before hand. Though his explanation made it clear. He was tired and needed to retire to the countryside. Politics were not for him, and the days of war were over for the United States. So he simply resigned from his position and retired to his estate and Virginia where he would spend his days resting.
Another large surprise was seeing John Adams and Thomas Jefferson not run in the election either. Adams believed it was his job as the ambassador to Great Britain to improve relations with the United States’ former ruling nation and bring the nations to at least flexible relations. Jefferson believed it was his job to keep the relationship between the United States and Kingdom of France positive. As France had aided the United States greatly in their war for independence, and thought it fair to befriend the French as greatly as possible.
With three of the large front runners gone from the 1788 presidential election many looked to the other candidates to run, though many just as strong as a Washington, Adams, or Jefferson. Many others not so much. What will the fate of this young nation be?
- John Jay, United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs from New York
- John Rutledge, former Governor of South Carolina
- John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts
- Samuel Huntington, Governor of Connecticut
- Benjamin Lincoln, former U.S. Secretary of War from Massachusetts
- Alexander Hamilton, from New York
- George Clinton, Governor of New York
- Patrick Henry, former Governor of Virginia
- Richard Henry Lee, former President of the Continental Congress