mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

This Day in History, 1801: Presidential Election Deadlock Ends

(I know, I haven't done one of these in a while...)

Two hundred and five years ago today, the third Presidential election of the United States was finally resolved. After the initial election, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr had each received 73 electoral votes, a tie, forcing the election into the House of Representatives. The House began voting on February 11, and it took 35 ballots before Jefferson won a majority of the states. Aaron Burr, coming in second, became Vice President of the United States. For 202 years, he was most well known for having been the only Vice President to shoot another person while in office. Now he has to settle for merely being the first.
Tags: history, politics

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