FDR Elected For A Third Term

1940

Having served two terms in which he guided the nation through the Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains popular among the voting public. With war looming in Europe, he breaks with tradition and runs for a third term in 1940. His Republican opponent, Wendell Wilkie, attacks Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, and accuses the President of seeking to lead the nation into another war. Three-quarters of the nation’s newspapers endorse Wilkie and oppose another term for Roosevelt. Despite this opposition, Roosevelt becomes the first President ever elected to a third term.