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Washington was elected by the process specified in the newly ratified US Constitution. Only 10 states voted since NC and RI had not yet ratified the Constitution and New York was not able to get its electors selected in time.

As for why he was elected- he had no serious opponents. He was the man everybody thought of when a president was needed.
George Washington was unanimously elected by the electoral college in 1789, making him the first President of the United States.
George Washington was not our first president no one knows who it really was there was about 5 behind him. But he was the first for the entire country. Anyways... he became first of the country by guiding the Revolutionary War.

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