1974 : Gerald Ford Becomes President

August 9, 2018 all-day

President Gerald and First Lady Betty Ford

Gerald R. Ford, who had grown up in Grand Rapids and was educated at the University of Michigan, became the first vice president in American history to succeed to the nation’s highest office because of the resignation of a president.

Today President Ford is honored by the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.

Source: Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

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

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