22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution


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22nd Amendment (Amendment XXII)

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt would have served at least four terms

What Does it Say?


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.


What Does it Mean?


The 22nd Amendment prohibits any person from being elected to the presidency more than twice (two terms). The amendment was supported by those who opposed the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt to a fourth term as president. In addition, no president who has served more than two terms of someone else’s term can be elected more than once (such as in the case of the assassination of the president).