But a one term presidency would hardly serve as a panacea to this much bigger cultural problem term limits make sense to prevent executive overreach and political cronyism approaching a neo monarchy. Franklin roosevelts second term was the least successful part of his presidency as it saw the failure of his effort to pack the supreme court and a major economic relapse in 1938 and no . The length of a single term for the president of the united states of america is four years presidents are allowed to serve up to two terms if re elected by the people the rules behind how many terms a president should be allowed to serve was heavily debated as the constitution was written it was . The one term limitation as gouverneur morris final draftsman of the constitution persuaded the convention would destroy the great motive to good behavior which is the hope of re election a president said oliver ellsworth another founding father should be re elected if his conduct prove worthy of it
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