Abstract Since the early 1800’s the position of President of the United States, has been one of the most political positions in the world. This is the highest executive office a person can hold in the United States of America. This position gives an individual the power to command the military forces of the United States. It is completely possible, with the right amount money and supporters, to run for the President of the United States of American. What are the requirements for a person to become President of the United State? How many times have you seen, or heard or read about the United States President in the news?
Have you ever wonder what these individuals did in the early years before becoming President of the United States? Somebody or something had to occur in their lives that ultimately put them on the path to becoming the most powerful man in the country. The first place to start will be with the first President of the United States: George Washington. He was often called the Father of our Nation” since he was the first of many presidents to follow. At the age of sixteen, he help surveyed the Shenandoah Valley in the western part of Virginia. In 1775, he was elected Commander – in – Chief of the Continental Army .
After his military career was complete, Washington became the active for the young struggling nation by pushing for the Constitution Convention. Eventually, the Electoral College elected George Washington the first President of the United States of American. The best route to the presidency in modern times is to run through governorship; four out of the last six presidents have served as a state’s chief executive. . The list below represents presidents that were governors first in the 20th century only. The list begins with Theodore Roosevelt, first Governor of New York from 1899-1901.
Others on this list include the following: Woodrow Wilson: Governor of New Jersey from 1911-1913. Calvin Coolidge: Governor of Massachusetts from 1919-1921. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Governor of New York from 1929-1933. Ronald Reagan: Governor of California from 1967-1975. Jimmy Carter: Governor of Georgia from 1971-1975, and the first elected governor from the South post-Civil War. Bill Clinton: Governor of Arkansas for two separate terms, from 1979-1981 and from 1983-1992. George W. Bush: Governor of Texas from 1995-2000. It can be that many of the presidents had humble beginnings before they reached the highest office in the land.
Some became president by family events and others by the direct path of engaging in politics early in life. The last four presidents having attended an Ivy League School like Yale or Harvard. Ivy League schools have open doors that otherwise might be closed, introducing them to “influential people and children from families of influence who become part of their personal networks,”. But there is no magic formula, such as a certain school, or particular public office, that guarantees an easier way to the White House . Public speaking and charisma is an important aspect of running for President of the United States.
Being as though the President travels from coast to coast, he must be able to speak persuasively and clearly about major issues even when he is tired. Charisma makes a presidential candidate more accessible to potential voters, which can strengthen a campaign greatly. Since the Constitution of the United States was adopted, 42 people have served as President. What do all these people have in common? Article II of the Constitution. This lays out the rules for someone to become President of the United States. The Constitution informs the Nation a person running for presidency must be at least 35 years old.
The youngest President was President John F. Kennedy; he was 43 years old when he was inaugurated in 1961. There is no maximum age limit set forth in the Constitution. Ronald Reagan was the oldest president; at the end of his term in 1988, he was nearly 77. The next requirement is a person must be a natural-born citizen of the United States. Now what does this mean: Article II, section 1, pa. 5:
“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. ” Number three is to be a United States Resident for least 14 years. An individual must have an established residence within the United States. Under the 22nd Amendment no person can served as President for more than six years or two terms. In the past, being a war hero used to be a sure path to presidency. Just a few distinguished military leaders are: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Dwight Eisenhower made a successfully run for the White House.
Dwight Eisenhower was a graduate of West Point grad. Eisenhower became the number three leader of the new tank corps and rose to temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the National Army. He spent time in the war training tank crews in the newly founded Tank Corps located in Pennsylvania and never saw combat. Andrew Jackson joined the Continental Army at 13. As major general of the Tennessee Volunteers, Jackson led his troops to victory against the Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend. In 1814, he was made Major General of the army fighting the War of 1812. On January 8, 1815, he defeated the British in New Orleans and was lauded as a hero.
Washington was an American general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution and, subsequently, the first President of the United States. Nearly every president in modern times has been a professional politician and there is no reason to think that will change. What would you think the cost would be to run for President of the United States? In 1860 the cost was about 2. 8 million dollars in today’s market. In 2008, the campaigns of President Obama and republican nominee McCain raised about 1. 3 billion dollars. I believed this year’s election will raise twice the amount from last election.
As one can see, the election has cost money from the early 1800’s to the present. The amount between 1860 and 2008 was more than 260 times what Abraham Lincoln spent in his first election (as measured in 2011 dollars). In order to, become the President of the United States, here are six steps to the Presidency. 1. Move to Iowa, this is where the President Primaries start every four years. 2. Get involved in a Political Party. 3. Become State Legislator; now this is the hard part. One now have to get elected as a state legislator. 4. Become Governor and gain valuable and relevant executive experience. 5.
Write National Best-Seller, whether you write yourself or someone else. 6. Begin Campaigning, this is the time for some of the hard work you have put into becoming the President of the United States. It can be clearly see that some of the presidents had humble beginnings before they reached the highest office in the land. Some did not have college education. Some became president by engaging in polities early in their life. What it all comes down to; is that no matter what your background is anyone can become president if they make the right moves in their career path. References squidoo. com. (2012, March).
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