This Day in History: FDR becomes first President elected to a third term


James Zayatz, World News Co-Editor

On this day, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a third term as United States President. Since the time of George Washington’s two-term presidency, it has been American tradition to hold no more than two terms as President. Though, this is not explicitly stated in the U.S. Constitution, hence the reason FDR was able to hold a third and later fourth term. He passed away on April 12, 1945, shortly after beginning his fourth term.

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