Saturday, March 20, 2004

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford This is a biography of American President Gerald Ford.

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 .


peter haberman said...

He's still the one who pardoned Nixon. Nixon should have been tried and sent to prison. As far as I'm concerned he's just one less Republican vote.

xcvblogger said...

very true...I had an impression that Ford was a good man and thought the pardon was truly about healing, until I saw the news item that Ford was basically Nixon's friend. Now, it does not matter anymore, I see the true colors of the GOP. ... This is another evidence that the GOP is and has been rotten party from times immemorial. (Mind you I haven't said anything here about the DEMs).