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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 month ago

what is the most amount of US presidents in a narrow timeframe window?

So Im not specifying the number of years, but a short amount of tiime, like 5 presidents over a ten year period maybe

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  • Tmess2
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    1 month ago
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    Not specifying the time frame or the means of measuring makes it hard to answer.  Using ten years, six in ten years would be the top.  But as others have noted, you can get to seven if you expand the list to twelve years, one day.

    1) Martin Van Buren's term ending in March 1841 when he lost to William Henry Harrison.  2) William Henry Harrison (sometimes confused with his grandson Benjamin Harrison who was President for four years from 1889-1893) who became President in March 1841.  3)  John Tyler who became President in April 1841 when W.H. Harrison died.  4) James Polk who became President in March 1845 as a result of the 1844 election.  5) Zachary Taylor who became President in March 1849 as a result of the 1848 election.  6) Millard Fillmore who became President in July 1850 when Taylor died. 7) Franklin Pierce who became President in March 1853 as a result of the 1852 election.

    Going for the time period with the highest rate of turnover (in other words president/years), you are probably looking at March 1,1837-May 1, 1841 when you had four presidents in a period of four  years, two months (Andrew Jackson followed by Van Buren on March 4, 1837, followed by W.H. Harrison, followed by Tyler).

    Since a regular presidential term is four years, you can get four in a decade (actually eight years, two days) by having three elections in a row in which the incumbent is not re-elected.  to get more than four in a decade you would need a President to die or resign.  The sequences that would get you four or more in a decade would be 1840-1844-1848-1852-1856-1860 and 1876-1880-1884-1888-1892-1896.  Otherwise, getting more than three requires a death or resignation which occurred in 1841, 1850, 1865, 1881, 1901, 1923, 1945, 1963, and 1974.   As you can see, the only time that two vacancies occurred within ten years of each other was 1841 and 1850 which fits into one of the two sequences in which we were not re-electing presidents.  Outside of those two big sequences, incumbents have only failed to be re-elected to a second term in 1800, 1828, 1868, 1912, 1932, 1976, 1980, 1992, and 2020. 

  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I'd start with the Polk-Taylor-Fillmore-Pierce period.  Taylor died in office and was succeeded by Fillmore.  Fillmore served out the rest of Taylor's term, but did not secure the nomination of his party to run for re-election and was succeeded by Pierce.  So if you start the clock on Polk's last day in office and end the clock on Pierce's first day in office, we have 4 Presidents over a period of 4 years and 2 days.

    But Polk only served a single term.  He succeeded Tyler who only served a single partial term (replacing Harrison who only served 31 days).  Harrison succeeded Van Buren.  So if we start the clock on Van Buren's last day in office and end the clock on Pierce's first day in office, we have 7 Presidents over a period of 12 years and 2 days.

  • 1 month ago

    well, Benjamin Harrison  died after only 32 days in office.......so that was a lightning quick turnover!

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