1973 : Gerald Ford Becomes First Non-Elected Vice-President

December 6, 2021 all-day

Gerald R. Ford is nominated to the vice presidency.

Selected by President Richard Nixon on October 12, 1973 to replace Spiro Agnew, who resigned the vice presidency amidst scandal, Congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan found quick and easy support among his colleagues on Capitol Hill. Ford was sworn in on December 6, 1973.

For more information, see Sarah Pruitt, “9 Things You May Not Know About Gerald Ford”, History.com, July 12, 2013

This portrait of President Gerald Ford, who grew up in Grand Rapids, hangs in the east hallway of the second floor in #mistatecapitol. The portrait was painted by Michigan artist Mark Heckman in 1991. Ford traveled to Lansing to be present for the portrait unveiling at the Michigan History Center.

Leave a Reply