American Presidents Who Have Lost Reelection Bid, Since 1977

The Oasis Reporters

November 4, 2020

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Jimmy Carter (left), George W. H. Bush Snr. They both lost reelection and did not overheat the polity, neither did they threaten to go to Court…


The 1976 United States presidential election produced Jimmy Carter. He was a multi millionaire peanuts farmer from Georgia, and was the first American president to pay a State visit to Nigeria under General Olusegun Obasanjo.



Carter had issues with Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini, whereby Iranian students seized the American embassy in Teheran, like Boko Haram seized the Chibok school girls in Nigeria, promptly Jonathan’s loss at the presidential election.

The Iranian students held the American embassy staff long enough into the presidential election, and only released them on the day that Carter’s successor, President Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated. Iranians made Carter lose.


Reagan was gracious enough to ask Carter to go to the airport and receive the returning captives. Over three decades later, some of those militant Iranian students had applied for visas to the United States for further studies. But American Intelligence has a long memory. They knew and recognized the 1977 students. Therefore all their applications were denied.


George H. W. Bush was another notable American president who lost his reelection bid. He was president from 1989–1993.

In the 1992 United States presidential election, George H. W. Bush lost his reelection bid to the Democratic Party candidate, Bill Clinton. He served for only one term, and he has the Iraq war and the devastation that followed to blame for his loss because America later noticed the lies the US and the UK government told against Saddam Hussein claiming that he had weapons of mass destruction. Incensed Americans voted him out.

Though long before Jimmy Carter and George Bush lost reelection bids, many more notable
American presidents had kissed the canvas.

A few are mentioned here, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Read on:

Between 1797–1801, John Adams was the United States president. Thomas Jefferson emerged president from 1825–1829. Andrew Jackson reigned as president from 1837-1841. .

1853-1857 saw Franklin Pierce as the United States President who emerged as one of the presumptive nominees at the 1856 Democratic National Convention . Pierce ran for reelection, but he was defeated at the 1856 Democratic National Convention by James Buchanan. Buchanan won the 1856 United States presidential election to become the 15th president of the United States.


Andrew Johnson became the United States president from 1865 -1869.

Johnson was impeached by the US House of Representatives and narrowly avoided conviction in the US Senate. He lost the 1868 Democratic presidential nomination to Horatio Seymour.




In 1885-1889 Grover Cleveland became United States president and lost reelection in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison who was president from
1889 -1893

Though Cleveland lost the Election of 1888, but he won the 1892 United States presidential election.



1909-1913 William Howard Taft United States president.
Then Woodrow Wilson, 1929-1933. Herbert Hoover was later the President of the United States. The 1932 United States presidential election produced Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1974-1977 it was Gerald R. Ford became who became the United States president.

Gerald R. Ford is the only person to serve as United States President without being elected as either President or Vice President. Ford was appointed Vice President after the resignation of Spiro Agnew in 1973, and as V.P., succeeded Richard Nixon as President on Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

Additional information: Wikipedia.

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