28 June, 2008

President Gerald Ford

Gerald Rudolph Ford was the thirty-eighth President of the United States, He served from 1974 to 1977, and the fortieth Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. He was the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, and became President upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. Ford was the fifth U.S. President never to have been elected to that position, and the only one never to have won a national election at all.

Ford served nearly 25 years as Representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.

One of his more controversial decisions was granting a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican party. Ford died on December 26, 2006 at the age of 93.

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