These 5 Presidents Had The Shortest Tenures In U.S. History
By Nick Visser
President Donald Trump has served as the commander-in-chief of the United States for just about four months now. He has more than 1,300 days left in his current term and after that would very likely run for another.
With a 40 percent approval rating, Trump is historically unpopular. And as news about the multiple investigations into his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia continues to break, media outlets and lawmakers have launched into rampant speculation about whether he will make it through the rest of his term.
While the Russian investigations could theoretically bring Trump down, he has defied all political odds to survive and, until recently, has enjoyed broad support among his base. No matter what happens, though, he won’t have the shortest or most ineffective presidency in history. Several U.S. presidents barely had time to gild the White House before their successor stepped in.
31 Days ― William Henry Harrison
Harrison, elected to the presidency in 1840, was the oldest president to enter the White House at the time, at the ripe age of 68. A common refrain says he caught a cold while delivering his Inaugural Address that later developed into pneumonia. However, recent reports speculate he may have been infected with deadly bacteria that lead to a septic shock.
He died on the 32nd day of his presidency.
199 Days ― James Garfield
James Garfield was the 20th president of the United States, elected in 1881 following nine terms in the House of Representatives. He was shot during the first year of his presidency by Charles Guiteau, an “embittered attorney,” according to the White House.
Two bullets struck him; one grazed his arm and another […]