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Thomas Jefferson Won the Election and the Presidency
February 17, 1801

In your school elections, do you vote for a president and a vice president separately, or does the person with the second highest number of votes become the vice president? In our national elections, electoral voters decide separately to fill the position of president and vice president, but that wasn't always the case.

On February 17, 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected president of the United States, but there was more to it than beating his opponent.

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