Gerald R. Ford

Political Offices

When did he become vice president?

President Nixon offered Ford the position when his first vice president, Spiro Agnew, was facing corruption charges. After Agnew resigned, President Nixon announced Ford as his choice. Pursuant to the Twenty-fifth Amendment, a president could fill a vice presidency vacancy. The Senate confirmed Ford by a vote of 92 to 3 and the House by a vote of 387 to 35. When sworn in as vice president on December 6, 1973, he humbly said: “I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.”


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