Vail Daily column: Term limits and voting rights

31st March, 2015 by

By Melanie Wong

This is the 14th part of a series.So revered was he, and so novel was the concept of voluntary succession, George Washington could have been – and history suggested should have been – president-for-life. Instead, after two terms, he graciously stepped down, handing over power to the fiery John Adams (who, incidentally, lasted one year and was ousted in his re-election bid by his rival, Thomas Jefferson).The tradition begun by Washington, of presidents serving not more than two terms – or for a total of eight years in office – continued for the next 144 years until Franklin Delano Roosevelt, …

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