FDR’s Third Presidential Nomination – 7/18/1940

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt originally became our President in 1933, which is when he became the 32nd President of the United States. However, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was unlike any other president we’ve had. Where every president would only serve one or two terms, it was on this day that FDR was nominated for a third term as America’s president – something that had never been done before. Fast forward four more years and Franklin Delano Roosevelt actually took it one step further when he was elected to his fourth term – the most in the history of the United States. 

Born in Hyde Park, NY on January 30, 1882, FDR would first become known as New York’s state senator. He would only serve one term before moving to become an assistant secretary from 1913-1920 for the U.S. Navy. Nine years later, FDR would become New York’s governor for three years. After his time as a governor, FDR thought it was time to run for the President of the United States. He did so in 1932 against Herbert Hoover and eventually went on to defeat him.

FDR’s first order of business when he became president was incorporating his New Deal social programs, which were programs targeted towards giving America relief as they crawled out of the Great Depression. Four years later, FDR would remain the people’s choice as he was elected for a second term. He was running against Alf Landon, a former Kansas governor, and defeated him in what was a landslide.

On this day in 1940, FDR accepted a nomination to run for a third time as a Democrat. He believed it was his duty to run for a third time, especially with all of the crisis beginning in Europe. It was around the same time that Hitler and his Nazi ways were rising in Germany, which was a scare for the rest of the world. Breaking the unwritten rule, FDR would go on to defeat Wendell Wilkie, the Republican nominee, to begin his third term as President – which was when America started getting involved in World War II.

As the war continued, FDR’s third term slowly came to an end. However, with the war not completely over, FDR felt it was his duty once again to help lead the United States out of these difficult times. With that being said, he would end up running for a fourth term in 1944 and would later defeat Thomas Dewey in the general election. 

However, it wouldn’t last long. It was on April 12, 1945 that FDR finally saw his job take a toll on him. After suffering from several different health issues before that, he could finally rest in peace at the age of 63. As the rules say, the next person up is the Vice President, meaning the president that succeeded FDR was Harry S. Truman. Two years later, Congress passed an Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment made it impossible for anyone to run for more than two terms as president. It was later ratified in 1951. 

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Amy Haren


Amy comes from a family of literary geniuses. Her mother and father were published many times in many different publications throughout the world for not only their stories but their photos. Growing up reading the stories her parents wrote, Amy fell in love with animals and travel. She travels when she can and usually heads for the jungles or oceans.