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FDRs Running for a third term When you first start thinking about Franklin Delano Roosevelt you might think of the New Deal fireside chats or possibly the United States role in World War II Throughout Roosevelts Rein as president he has had to make many decisions possible more than any other president before or after him Simply because no other president has been in office for more than two terms except of course for FDR He was elected for an unprecedented four terms He was first elected as president in 1932 beating Herbert Hoover by an electoral vote of 472 to 59 and a popular vote of 22809638 to 15758901 In his second election in 1936 he won by an even greater margin defeating Alfred Landon and grabbing 523 of the electoral votes as compared to Landons meager 8 electoral votes The 1940 election was much closer than the pervious two elections Roosevelt does win over Wendell Willkie but the election marks the first and only time in United States history that an president decides to run for a third term Although there were no legal restriction on how many terms a president might serve none of the previous 31 presidents had ever attempted to run for a third term The Constitutional congress of 1787 did not place any limits on the number of terms a president might serve rejecting proposals for a single six year term George Washington began the two-term tradition but Thomas Jefferson who in 1809 announced that rotation in the office was his reason for leaving the White House after two terms first expressed its principles Jefferson felt strongly that his precedent would prevent the danger of a president being re-elected for life The Democratic - Republican presidents who followed him James Madison and James Monroe also limited themselves to two terms and their Democratic Party successors also bound themselves to the tradition Pious148 Yes Roosevelt was aloud to
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