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Character Above All: Gerald Ford Glossary

GERALD R. FORD

38th President of the United States


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Gerald Ford, Jr.
1913: Born July 14, in Omaha, Nebraska
1948: Elected in November to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican congressman from Michigan.
1973: Took the oath of office for Vice President of the United States, on December 6, after being appointed to replace Spiro Agnew who resigned.
1974: Took the oath of office as President of the United States on August 9, following Richard Nixon's resignation.
1976: Ran for election to the presidency in his own right, but lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter in November.

Spiro Agnew

SPIRO AGNEW ( 1918 - 1992 ): Twice elected as vice president to President Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972. Resigned the vice presidency in October 1973 after pleading no contest to a felony charge of income tax evasion.

"IF": Poem by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

Gerald Ford, Jr.

CARL ALBERT (b. 1908): Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 until 1977 as a Democrat from Oklahoma. He was Speaker of the House from 1971 until his retirement.

MIKE MANSFIELD (b. 1903): Served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1976 as a Democrat from Montana. He was Majority Leader of the Senate from 1961 until his retirement.

WHITE HOUSE TAPES: Refers to recordings made by President Nixon of his conversations with staff members and others at the White House. On a request from the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, the Supreme Court ordered the President to release the tape recordings. Three of the tapes revealed that Mr. Nixon had given orders to cover up his adminstration's connection to a 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters, then located in the Watergate Hotel.

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