Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th 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, after Spiro Agnew had resigned. When he became President upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the first and to date only person to have served as both President and Vice President of the United States without being elected by the Electoral College. Before ascending to the Vice Presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as ... more »
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''Truth is the glue that holds government together.''Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Aug. 9, 1974. Public Papers of the Presidents (1974). On succeeding Richa...
''Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.''Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. speech, Aug. 9, 1974, on succeeding Richard Nixon as president.
Let us put an end to self-inflicted wounds. Let us remember that our national unity is a most priceless asset. Let us deny our adversaries the satisfaction of using Vietnam to pit Americans against Am...Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Address to joint session of Congress (April 10, 1975). A Time to Heal, p. 254, Harper & Row (1979).
''America needed recovery, not revenge. The hate had to be drained and the healing begun.''Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. A Time to Heal, p. 161, Harper & Row (1979). On pardoning former U.S. President Richard Nixon.
''We must introduce a new balance in the relationship between the individual and the governmenta balance that favors greater individual freedom and self-reliance.''Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. State of the Union Address (January 19, 1975). A Time to Heal, p. 351, Harper & Row (1979).