President Gerald Ford, arms folded, in front of a United States Flag and the Presidential seal.

The 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford became the only president never elected to the executive office. Due to the illegal and possibly illegal activities conducted by members of the Nixon administration, both President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in 1974 and 1973 respectively. As Speaker of the House, Ford was first granted the position of vice president, then president according to the terms laid out in the 25th Amendment.

During his short tenure, he pushed for détente in the Cold War with the Helsinki Accords. He also oversaw the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and governed through one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. He’s most well-known for his pardoning of Richard Nixon of any wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal. He narrowly defeated rival Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination for president, but lost the general election to Jimmy Carter in 1976.

White House: Gerald R. Ford

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