It’s an old tradition: presidents don’t serve more than two terms. George Washington established the custom in 1797.
But FDR has broken with the past. With war threatening, the Democrats have nominated the enormously popular Roosevelt for a third term.
Tuesday, February 27, 1951
When Roosevelt won a third term and then a fourth, we wondered: is it a good idea to have any one person—no matter how able or popular—stay in power so long? Congress put the issue to the people.
Today, we ratified the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. It says:
“No person shall be elected to the office
of the President more than twice.”