According to the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a president can serve only two terms, or 8 years in office. In exceptional circumstances, it is possible for a former vice president to serve 10 years as president.Continue Reading
The 22nd Amendment was passed in Congress in 1947, immediately following Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency. Roosevelt served three full terms and part of a fourth before his death; he was the first and only president to serve more than two terms.
The 22nd Amendment limits a president's number of terms to two. However, if a vice president takes over for a president with less than two years of his term remaining, that vice president is allowed to run for two more terms, for a total maximum of 10 years serving as president. This has never happened in U.S. history.Learn more about US History
George Washington became famous during the Revolutionary War as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, and afterward his fame increased as he served two terms as the first president of the United States. Now known as the "father of his country," Washington's face appears on the $1 bill and the quarter, and the nation's capital city and many schools and other institutions are named after him.Full Answer >
James Monroe, the country's fifth president served two terms as president, with his first term known as the "Era of Good Feelings." He won the election with all but one electoral vote, running on the campaign slogan "Monroe is the man," marking the last time that a U.S. president was elected without any serious competition. Monroe served the country for 50 years in various capacities and held the most positions of any president before or after.Full Answer >
Teddy Roosevelt served almost two terms as president. He became president after William McKinley was assassinated on Sept. 14, 1901, six months into his term as president.Full Answer >
The first president of the United States, George Washington, served two terms in office that spanned from 1789 to 1797. The Electoral College unanimously elected him to the office, and his inauguration took place at New York's Federal Hall on Wall Street.Full Answer >