Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
1944: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected for a record fourth term, easily defeating the Republican candidate, New York Gov. Thomas Dewey. Roosevelt garnered 53.4 percent of the popular vote and 432 electoral votes compared to Dewey's 45.9 percent and 99 electoral votes. Less than three months into his fourth term, Roosevelt would die on April 12, 1945, with Vice President Harry S. Truman, who had been added to Roosevelt's ticket in 1944 when the Democratic Party dropped former Vice President Henry A. Wallace, succeeding him as president.