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  • That law was passed afterwards.
  • It was precisely because of good ol' FDR that the new law was passed. People were suddenly made aware what could happen if a presidents term was unlimited, like congress.
  • First term, 1933–1937 then Second term, 1937–1941 AND Third term, 1941–1945. The two-term tradition had been an unwritten rule since George Washington declined to run for a third term in 1796, and both Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt were attacked for trying to obtain a third non-consecutive term. FDR systematically undercut prominent Democrats who were angling for the nomination, including two cabinet members, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and James Farley, Roosevelt's campaign manager in 1932 and 1936, Postmaster General and Democratic Party chairman. Roosevelt moved the convention to Chicago where he had strong support from the city machine (which controlled the auditorium sound system). At the convention the opposition was poorly organized but Farley had packed the galleries. Roosevelt sent a message saying that he would not run, unless he was drafted, and that the delegates were free to vote for anyone. The delegates were stunned; then the loud speaker screamed "WE WANT ROOSEVELT...THE WORLD WANTS ROOSEVELT!" The delegates went wild and Roosevelt was nominated by 946 to 147.
  • The two term amendment was passed in 1947, after Roosevelt's death. Before then it had just been traditional to only serve 2 terms.
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      The Twenty-second Amendment was actually adopted in 1951, with the signing by the 36th State, Minnesota.
  • The law regarding term limits was passed because of FDR (and after his death).
  • Roosevelt was overwhelmingly elected and re-elected for four terms. That was some time before there was a law to limit the number of Presidential terms.

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