|An Overview of Gerald Ford's
Ford had been Vice-President for only
eight months when he took office as President. Despite
the extremely unusual circumstances in which he gained
the office, the American people warmly welcomed Ford to
the presidency. He had a calm, friendly manner and an
unquestioned reputation for honesty. But his popularity
dropped sharply after he pardoned former President Richard Nixon for any and all federal crimes he may have
committed while in office. Ford was also challenged by
major economic problems and high unemployment. U.S.
foreign policy suffered a major defeat in 1975, when the
Vietnam War ended with a Communist victory.
The only person to serve as both
Vice-President and President without being elected to
either office, Ford lost his bid for a full term as
President to James Earl Carter, Jr.,
Vice-President and Cabinet
|Secretary of State
||Henry A. Kissinger
|Secretary of the
||William E. Simon
|Secretary of Defense
||James R. Schlesinger
Donald H. Rumsfeld (1975)
||William B. Saxbe
Edward H. Levi (1975)
|Secretary of the
||Rogers C.B. Morton
Stanley K. Hathaway (1975)
Thomas S. Kleppe (1975)
|Secretary of Agriculture
||Earl L. Butz
John A. Knebel (1976)
|Secretary of Commerce
||Frederick B. Dent
Rogers C.B. Morton (1975)
Elliot L. Richardson (1975)
|Secretary of Labor
||Peter J. Brennan
John T. Dunlop (1975)
W.J. USery, Jr. (1976)
|Secretary of Health,
Education, and Welfare
F. David Matthews (1975)
|Secretary of Housing and
||James T. Lynn
Carla A. Hills (1975)
||Claude S. Brinegar
William T. Coleman, Jr. (1975)
States Events During His Administration
in 1977 ~220,000,000
||Ford pardoned former President
Richard Nixon for all federal crimes Nixon may
have committed during his administration.
||Ford offered amnesty to draft
dodgers and deserters of the Vietnam War period.
||The Council on Wage and Price
Stability was established by Congress.
||The unmanned Viking 1 became the
first U.S. spacecraft to land on Mars.
||Ford escaped two attempted
assassinations in California.
||The MayagŁez, a U.S.
merchant ship, was seized by Cambodian troops.
U.S. troops quickly recaptured it.
||Americans celebrated the
bicentennial of their nation's founding.
Events During His Administration
||Turkish troops invaded Cyprus
and took control of a large part of the island.
||Civil wars broke out in Angola
||The Vietnam War ended when North
Vietnam conquered South Vietnam.
||Manned U.S. Apollo and Soviet
Soyuz space vehicles linked up in space in the
Apollo Soyuz Test Project.
||Francisco Franco, ruler of Spain
since 1936, died.
Tse-tung, leader of the Chinese Communist
Revolution and ruler of China since 1949, died.
Earl Carter, Jr.
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