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Gerald R. Ford

FordJanuary 1986

Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974, after Richard M. Nixon resigned to avoid probable impeachment as a result of the Watergate affair. For 25 years a Republican member of Congress, Ford had been appointed vice-president in 1973 by President Nixon to replace Spiro T. Agnew, who resigned after being accused of bribery and of violations of the income tax laws. Ford became the first American president who had not been chosen in a national election either as president or as vice-president.

Last Updated: 9/3/09