The only president to serve more than two terms was Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1940 he won the election for his third term. Four years later in 1944, he ran again and became the only president to be elected to a fourth term. However, he was just a few months into his fourth term when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away on April 12, 1945.
Roosevelt was able to remain president for so long because the country was in a state of turmoil — World War II and the post-depression era — and he was a popular and reliable figure the people felt could lead them during their weakened times.
Known as FDR by many, he will always be remembered for igniting hope in the millions of people in the United States who were suffering from the consequences of the Great Depression. One of his most well-known programs was the New Deal, in which he started a chain of events to stimulate the economy. It was successful at first and the economy was booming; however, by 1937, a recession began.
Roosevelt provided money to China and Britain during the war, and gave aid to those countries who were fighting against Nazi Germany. Although he had tried to remain somewhat neutral, and allow the rest of the world to do the fighting, he could not stay on the sidelines any longer after December 7, 1941. Once the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he convinced the country to join the allies in World War II.
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