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22nd Amendment

FDR’s third-term election and the 22nd amendment

November 5, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 5, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term in office—an unprecedented act that would be barred by a constitutional amendment a decade later.

How we wound up with the Constitution’s only term limits amendment

February 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, limiting the number of terms served by the President. The move ended a controversy over Franklin Roosevelt's four elected terms to the White House.

10 people who very nearly became President

February 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

On Presidents Day 2017, Constitution Daily looks at two “what if” scenarios that would have given us 10 different Presidents through history. What factor would have given us Samuel Tilden, Willie Mangum or Aaron Burr as the nation’s leader?

A historical first and last - FDR’s final inauguration

January 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

The Constitution now sets January 20th as inauguration day every four years, but it was 72 years ago today that a historical first – and last occurred: The inauguration of a U.S. President to a fourth term in office.

Can Ivanka Trump or Bill Clinton be the next Vice President?

June 24, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

Recently, the Washington Post listed 36 possible Donald Trump running mates, including his daughter, Ivanka. And there has been a debate since 2008 about Bill Clinton as a VP candidate. Does the Constitution allow these scenarios?

Five big moments in New Hampshire primary history

February 5, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

This Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has the potential to offer another dramatic moment in presidential election history. Here’s a look back at five reasons why the nation’s first primary is so closely watched.

History wouldn’t favor third term for Obama, or most Presidents

July 28, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama jested that he could win a third term in office, but that he was also glad he was constitutionally barred from running. While Obama spoke in a context about African leaders, the comments caused discussion back home about third-term Presidents in general.

Chris Christie becomes 435th candidate to declare for 2016 election

June 30, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared his presidential intentions on Tuesday in what appears to be crowded GOP field. But “crowded” is a relative word according to the FEC’s official list of candidates.

Today in constitutional history: Presidents are limited to two terms in office

February 27, 2015 By NCC Staff

On February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, blocking any President from serving more than two terms or 10 years in office. So why was there a big push for tenure for the chief executive?

22nd Amendment: Presidential Tenure

February 22, 2014 By NCC Staff

Following Franklin D. Roosevelt's election to third and fourth terms, this amendment set a future limit at two terms.

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