There is no dishonor in serving a single term in US’s highest office. There are quite a number of US presidents who had the job for just four years or fewer. One of the major questions about one-term presidents is whether their fates are shaped mainly by their actions and political failings, or primarily by conditions beyond their control. There are some traits one-term presidents seem to share – a bad economy, poor leadership – but it’s hard to know how much any of those factors are actually within their control.
Here are the US presidents who served only one term.
|2.||George H.W. Bush1||1989-1993|
|5.||John F. Kennedy5||1961-1963|
|10.||Chester A. Arthur3||1881-1885|
|11.||James A. Garfield5||1881-1881|
|18.||James K. Polk2||1845-1849|
|20.||William Henry Harrison4||1841-1841|
|21.||Martin Van Buren1||1837-1841|
- 1Lost re-election bid.
- 2Didn’t stand for reelection.
- 3Never elected president, serving just partial term.
- 4Died in office.