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Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933-1945. He was succeeded by Harry S.Truman Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, GA on April 12, 1945. This explains the 13 as opposed to 16 years he should have served. Thus leaving the rest of his term to Harry S. Truman his Vice-President.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the first and only US President elected to four terms of office -- 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. He died on April 12, 1945, only three months into his fourth administration, and was succeeded by his Vice-President, Harry Truman.

Roosevelt implemented many revolutionary new social and economic policies under his New Deal plan, in an effort to stabilize the US economy during and after the Great Depression. He was also in office long enough to replace eight of the nine US Supreme Court justices who were sitting when he was first elected, shifting the tenor of the Court from conservative to progressive, and virtually co-opting the Judicial Branch of government. Serving more than twelve years as President allowed Roosevelt to effect major changes in the United States, a fact that left many Republicans and other fiscal conservatives unhappy.

President Truman assembled the Hoover Commission to study the effect of unlimited Presidential term-limits on government, resulting in adoption of the Twenty-second Amendment, in 1951. The Amendment limits a President to two terms of office, mitigating the long term influence any one person can exercise over US policy.

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"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term."

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Franklin D. Roosevelt and it wasn't four full terms. He died in office during his last term.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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