Throughout American history, nearly a dozen one-term presidents who ran for reelection have lost. Is four years enough time for new presidents to prove themselves to be commanders in chief worthy of being elected to a second term? Considering the complexity of the congressional legislative process, it can be hard for a president to enact real, visible changes or programs in only four years. As a result, it is easy for challengers in defeating incumbents.
Here are the US presidents who lost their reelection bid after one term in office.
|No.||Name||First term||Election lost|
|2.||George H.W. Bush||1989-1993||1992|
|6.||William Howard Taft||1909-1913||1912|
|9.||Martin Van Buren||1837-1841||1840|
|10.||John Quincy Adams||1825-1829||1828|
- *Democrat Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, having served from 1885 to 1889, and 1893 to 1897. So, he doesn’t technically qualify as a one-term president. But, because Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive four-year terms, he holds an important place in U.S. history, having lost his initial bid for reelection in 1888 to Republican Benjamin Harrison.