No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice
In what some say was Washington’s ultimate exhibition of character and wisdom, Washington established unarguably the most important precedent of the Presidency: he left after two terms.
The importance of his decision to pass power on to others and establish a democracy — when he clearly could have seized all power and became an all-powerful dictator — is unparalleled. Until this amendment, the president leaving after two terms was simply a precedent, and not law.
This amendment was ratified soon after Franklin D. Roosevelt’s unprecedented 4th term. Not all Presidents wanted to abide by Washington’s two-term precedent, either. To keep one person (like FDR) from occupying the office of President for more than two terms, this amendment was created.
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