Happy election day, America!

Today is election day in America, where ballots are cast for local, state, and national public officials. Here’s a little bit of election trivia for you, via the Smithsonian blog:

“When twenty-four-year-old George Washington first ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses, he attributed his defeat to his failure to provide enough alcohol for the voters. When he tried again two years later, Washington floated into office partly on the 144 gallons of rum, punch, hard cider and beer his election agent handed out—roughly half a gallon for every vote he received.”

Am I the only one who is more amazed that he only needed ~300 votes for Virginia? The days when most of America was rural!

Click through to the article for a description of two pretty wild sounding NYC election parties in the 1800s. Surprisingly enough, the one in Brooklyn was the tamest…

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