44 Days of Presidents: Gerald R. Ford
Posted On: 11/01/2016 - 4:32pm, Posted By: Christine Engels, Archives Manager, Manuscripts Department
In our series, 44 Days of Presidents, we present artifacts, documents, and connections to our local and national history from our collections that represent each of the 44 Presidents of the United States as we gear up for the 2016 Presidential election.
Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) has the honor of being the only person to become U. S. President due to resignations. He had become Vice President after Spiro Agnew stepped down and then president when Nixon resigned in 1974. Ford served honorably in the Navy during WWII and began a long career in the House of Representatives where he was known as a modest and centrist Republican. When Ford became president the country was largely wary of the government due to the previous administration’s scandals so he knew his biggest job would be to bring the country back together. This was no easy feat due to several factors, including rising inflation and a complicated war in Vietnam. Though Jimmy Carter defeated Ford in the 1976 election he did give him credit for healing the country in his inauguration speech.
[Johnny Bench, Vice President Gerald Ford, Hank Aaron and Pete Rose]. Cincinnati Reds opening day game at Riverfront Stadium on April 4, 1974, against the Atlanta Braves. Photographer: Ray Boeh. Cincinnati Museum Center. 2002.14.
[Vice President Gerald Ford Throws Out the First Pitch of Opening Day]. Cincinnati Reds opening day game at Riverfront Stadium on April 4, 1974, against the Atlanta Braves. Vice President Gerald Ford threw out the first pitch and Hank Aaron hit his 714th career home run tying Babe Ruth’s record. The Reds won the game 7-6 in 11 innings. Photographer: Ray Boeh. Cincinnati Museum Center. 2002.14.