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USA Presidents Who Failed To Get Reelected

This is a list of United states of America (USA) incumbent presidents in any country who ran for another term in office but were not reelected. of which Donald trump is the latest incumbent president wo failed to be re-elected.

USA on January 20, 2021 inaugurated her 46th president, Joe Biden as Donald Trump failed to get a second term in office. Trump is not alone on the list of US presidents, who lost second term bids, although he’s the first president in 30 decades to lose reelection.

Ex USA president Donald Trump left a letter for Joe Biden: spokesman

Below are other United states of America (USA) presidents who didn’t get reelected:

1. John Adams (1797-1801)

The first US president to fail to win re-election for a second term, was John Adams, who also served as the country’s first vice president. When the position was created in 1789, George Washington was the first to have the honour, and Mr Adams served under him.

John Adams

John Adams

After Mr Washington completed his two terms, Mr Adams ran for the position with the Federalist party and took his place as president.

During his time as president, Mr Adams engaged in a quasi-war with France after they captured a merchant vessel in New York City harbour.

He came third in the next election, behind the two candidates the Republican party ran, with Thomas Jefferson eventually becoming the new US president.

2. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

Another of the Adams family, John Quincy Adams, was unable to win re-election for a second term as US president. Mr Adams was the eldest son of the second US president, and was the sixth man to hold the position. During his time as president, there were big rifts in his party, the Democratic-Republican party, and it stopped him from making much progress.

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

The party split after Mr Adams failed to win re-election, with the two sides becoming the Democratic party and the Whig party. Mr Adams became the second US president to fail to win a second term, meaning that at the time the two Adams’ were the only president’s to have failed to win re-election.

3. Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)

William Howard Taft was the next US president to fail to win re-election, 20 years later in 1912. Mr Taft, a Republican, is the only person in US history to have held both the position of president and chief justice of the United States.

Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren

As president, Mr Taft said he would not appoint African Americans to federal jobs and removed a majority of Black office holders in the south. He is considered by most historians as an average president, as his four years in charge were unremarkable.

He served as president from 1909 to 1913 and lost the 1912 presidential election to Woodrow Wilson.

4. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)

Martin Van Buren was the next president to fail to win re-election in 1840, but Grover Cleveland proved that a lost election does not stop you from getting your second term. Mr Cleveland, a Democrat, was the 22nd and the 24th president of the United States, after he won both the 1884 and 1892 elections.

Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland

He won the popular vote in 1888, but lost the election to the Republican Benjamin Harrison, who served for the next four years. The 1888 election was tight and in 1892, Mr Cleveland defeated Mr Harrison, to win back the presidency and cause Mr Harrison to become the fifth president to fail to win re-election.

5. Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 23rd president of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He was a grandson of the ninth president, William Henry Harrison, and a great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, a founding father who signed the United States Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

Harrison was born on a farm by the Ohio River and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After moving to Indianapolis, he established himself as a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader, and politician in Indiana.

During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army as a colonel, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a brevet brigadier general of volunteers in 1865. Harrison unsuccessfully ran for governor of Indiana in 1876. The Indiana General Assembly elected Harrison to a six-year term in the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1881 to 1887.

A Republican, Harrison was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic incumbent, Grover Cleveland. Hallmarks of Harrison’s administration included unprecedented economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff, which imposed historic protective trade rates, and the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Harrison also facilitated the creation of the national forest reserves through an amendment to the Land Revision Act of 1891. During his administration six western states were admitted to the Union. In addition, Harrison substantially strengthened and modernized the U.S. Navy and conducted an active foreign policy, but his proposals to secure federal education funding as well as voting rights enforcement for African Americans were unsuccessful.

6. William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

William Howard Taft was the next US president to fail to win re-election, 20 years later in 1912. Mr Taft, a Republican, is the only person in US history to have held both the position of president and chief justice of the United States.

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft

As president, Mr Taft said he would not appoint African Americans to federal jobs and removed a majority of Black office holders in the south. He is considered by most historians as an average president, as his four years in charge were unremarkable.

He served as president from 1909 to 1913 and lost the 1912 presidential election to Woodrow Wilson.

7. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

Herbert Hoover was elected as US president in 1928, and was faced with helping the country rebuild after the stock market crash of 1929. As president, Mr Hoover oversaw congress voting to repeal prohibition, despite pushing to make sure alcohol remained illegal in the US.

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

His presidency was overshadowed by the economic crash in 1929, and he spent most of his one term attempting to improve the country’s economy. The US had not recovered by the time of the 1932 election, and he lost to Franklin D Roosevelt.

8. Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

President Gerald Ford served as the 38th president of the United States. Ford came to the presidency as the only person never to be elected vice president or president. He became vice president under the 25th Amendment when President Richard Nixon’s Vice President, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace. Ford was appointed vice president by Nixon and confirmed by congress.

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford

As the Watergate scandal escalated, Ford became president after Nixon also subsequently resigned, the first U.S. president in American history to do so. Ford then pardoned Nixon of all crimes committed while in office, an enormously unpopular decision. His chances of reelection were further undermined by a combination of low economic growth and inflation, known as stagflation. In 1976, he was defeated by Jimmy Carter.

9. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

President Jimmy Carter was the 39th U.S. president, elected in 1976, and serving from 1977 to 1981. During his presidency, the U.S. continued to suffer from stagflation. This was compounded by the unsuccessful rescue of U.S. hostages in Iran near the end of his term.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

These factors led to his defeat by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election. President Carter has had an unusually active post-presidential career, during which he has promoted peace efforts and diplomacy around the world, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.

10. George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)

President George H.W. Bush, the 41st U.S. president, is also known as Bush Sr. to differentiate him from his son, George W. Bush, who won the presidency in 2000, and again in 2004. Bush Sr. was elected in the fall of 1988 and served between 1989 and 1993.

George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush

During his presidency, he oversaw the U.S.-led first Gulf War that ended the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. While the military campaign was a success, President Bush’s popularity suffered as the economy faltered later in his term. In 1992 he lost his reelection bid to Bill Clinton.

11. Donald Trump (2017- 2021)

President Donald Trump, the 45th U.S. president, was elected in 2016 and served from January 2017 to January 2021. During his term, Trump pulled the U.S. out of international commitments like the Paris Climate Accords and the World Health Organization. His administration started numerous trade wars with allies and rivals and instituted policies to severely limit immigration.

Trump rages, Biden yawns

Trump rages, Biden yawns

He oversaw the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a tax cut bill that spurred an expansion of stock buybacks. He was impeached for abuse of power for soliciting the interference of a foreign government in the 2020 election, as well as obstruction of Congress in the impeachment investigation. He was impeached a second time following the violent protests at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, making him the only president to be impeached twice. Donald J. Trump was defeated by Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.



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