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Dates That Matter

February 26, 1951

The 22nd Amendment limits the President of the United States to two terms of office.

 Why does it matter?

Prior to World War II, no President had even tried to be elected to more than two terms of office. George Washington had been urged to run for a third term, but declined, setting a standard that held until Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt was elected to a third term, and then a fourth, becoming the longest serving President in US history. He died part way through his fourth term, in 1945. In 1945, an amendment was proposed to limit Presidents to two terms, and that amendment was finally ratified in 1951.

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22nd Amendment
The text of the Amendment with an explanation of its significance presented in a kid-friendly way.

Biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Official White House biography of FDR.