Monday, September 20, 2004

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford. This is a short (but effective) biography of President Ford. It is from USA Presidents.

From the site:

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born July 14 , 1913 ) (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. , renamed after adoption) was the fortieth ( 1973 - 1974 ) Vice President and the thirty-eighth ( 1974 - 1977 ) President of the United States . He remains the only President to serve without being elected to either the presidency or vice presidency.

Ford was a member of the House of Representatives for 24 years from 1949 - 1973 , and became Minority Leader of the House. After Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned during Richard Nixon 's presidency, on October 10 , 1973 , Nixon appointed Ford to take Agnew's place. The United States Senate voted 92 to 3 to confirm Ford on November 27 , 1973 and on December 6 , the House confirmed him 387 to 35.

When Nixon then resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal , Ford assumed the presidency, proclaiming that "our long national nightmare is over". One month later, Ford gave Nixon a blanket pardon for any crimes he might have committed while President or indeed anything else he might have done - a move that many historians believe cost him election in 1976 .

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