Question by  deadpool809 (38)

What is the history of the 22nd amendment in the US?


Answer by  Kath (1537)

The history goes back to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson not wanting to run for a third term. FDR was the first president to get elected for a third time. It established term limits for the office of President.


Answer by  oldmom (716)

Previous Presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and others believed no President should serve more than two terms, but Franklin D. Roosevelt served for three terms and was elected to a fourth before his death, and this amendment was passed to prevent this happening in the future.


Answer by  jclick (1561)

The 22nd amendment limits the president to two terms in office. It was ratified in 1951 as recommended by the Hoover commission after Roosevelt's unprecedented four terms in office.


Answer by  willard (874)

The limit two two terms as president was originally just a convention followed by the early presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Madison). The 22nd ammendment was passed in 1947 after Franklin Roosevelt had been elected to four terms.

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