FDR BECAME 4 TERM PRESIDENT 69 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 69 years ago today, November 7, 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first, and remains today the only, President of the United States to be elected to 4 terms.*
Of course, FDR is also the only president to have been elected to a 3rd term, that being in 1940.
*By virtue of the 22nd amendment to the United States Constitution, proposed on March 21, 1947 and ratified on February 27, 1951, "no person shall be elected to the office of President more than twice..."
Tennessee ratified on February 20, 1949, but Massachusetts rejected the amendment on June 9, 1949.
Until the 22nd amendment took effect and before the Election of 1940, no President served more than 2 terms. George Washington established the precedent, however, by declining to seek a 3rd term in 1796.
Senator John F. Kennedy voted FOR the amendment. Later as President, he said that even having served in the office, he would still support the 22nd amendment. He said, "Two terms are enough!"
In 1944, Roosevelt defeated Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York by an electoral count of...
Roosevelt also won the popular vote by a decisive margin...
Mr. Roosevelt would return as Chief Executive, however, with a a new Vice-President, Harry S Truman of Missouri who replaced Henry A . Wallace .
Delegates chose Truman on the 2nd ballot at the Democratic Convention. With FDR's health in decline, there was concern that he would not survive a 4th term and some considered Wallace too liberal to become president.
JFK WELCOMED OFFICERS ON EMPLOYMENT OF HANDICAPPED
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 50 years ago this morning, November 7, 1963, President John F. Kennedy welcomed officers of the State Governors' Committees on Employment of the Handicapped to the White House.**
President Kennedy said...
"We are now working...hard...on the hiring of the mentally retarded...all over the Government. I hope you will do more in your States.
I hope private industry and labor will also realize those who are handicapped frequently are more than compensated by their desire to be useful and to play a gainful role."
After JFK spoke, he was presented with the new seal of the committee by Maj. Gen. Melvin J. Mass, chairman.
**The officers were attending a 2 day workshop in the Nation's Capital.
ALL SOVIET MISSILES REMOVED FROM CUBA
Moscow, USSR (JFK+50) 51 years ago today, November 7, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, speaking at a reception in honor of the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, announced that the USSR had removed all its nuclear missiles from Cuba.
"We were very close to a thermonuclear war. If there had not been reason, then we would not be here tonight and there might not have been elections in the United States."