1. Only white landowning men could vote.
2. That being said, there wasn't much of a popular vote to begin with.
These days, when we vote in presidential elections, we're voting both for a presidential candidate, and their electors, who will meet during the electoral college to cast their votes. But in the 1788-1789 election, many state legislatures simply chose their electors themselves. Only 1.8% of the population voted in the first election.
3. That's also why Election Day is always held on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November.
4. George Washington was hoping to retire and had no interest in becoming president.
5. Washington is the only American president to ever be elected unanimously.
6. John Adams was Washington's vice president, but Washington didn't choose him.
7. Alexander Hamilton, however, did have a role in choosing the vice president.
8. New York failed to participate in the first election.
9. In fact, North Carolina and Rhode Island weren't able to participate in the first election either.
Both states failed to ratify the United States' new constitution, meaning they had no say in the electoral process :'(