Wednesday, December 27, 2006


“I'm a Ford, not a Lincoln.” --Gerald R. Ford, December 1973

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (July 14, 1913December 26, 2006[1]) was the 38th President (1974–1977) and 40th Vice President (1973–1974) of the United States. He was the first person appointed to the Vice-Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment; and, upon succession to the presidency, he became the only president in U.S. history to fill that office without having been elected either President or Vice-President. He was also the longest-lived United States president, having surpassed Ronald Reagan's record on November 12, 2006.

The Ford administration saw the withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam, the execution of the Helsinki Accords, and the continuing specter of inflation and recession. Faced with an overwhelmingly Democratic majority in Congress, the administration was hampered in its ability to pass major legislation, and Ford's vetoes were frequently overridden. Ford was criticized by many for granting a pre-emptive pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate Scandal, and was subsequently defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election.



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