On this day in 1951 the Twenty-second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified limiting a U.S. President to two terms. The amendment was passed on March 21st, 1947 by the U.S. Congress. Ratification was needed by thirty-six of the then forty-eight states and on this day in 1951 the state of Minnesota approved it and it became the law. Only two states rejected it -Oklahoma and Massachusetts and five other states took no action on it-Arizona, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Washington and West Virginia. 41 states in the end ratified it.
After President Franklin Roosevelt became the first president to serve more than two terms a number of people, especially Republicans wanted no more F.D.R’s. This amendment is a great one. Two terms is enough! I would like to see the entire U.S. Congress under term limits.
If there were no Twenty-second Amendment what US Presidents could have served more that two terms? I’d guess Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton and Barry Obama.
The following is the entire Twenty-second Amendment.
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.