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Gerald Ford


" know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

Attribution: Remarks to a joint session of Congress, August 12, 1974.

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Date: Aug. 12, 1974

Gerald R. Ford


38th President of the United States (1974-77). Ford was born in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1941, he was admitted to the Michigan bar and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949-73. Ford served as the Republican minority leader from 1965-73. In October 1973, Ford was nominated by President Richard Nixon to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as Vice President of the United States. When Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, as a result of the Watergate scandal, Ford became President. He later issued a full pardon to Nixon for all criminal acts during his presidency.

In foreign affairs Ford acted vigorously to maintain U. S. power and prestige after the collapse of Cambodia and South Viet Nam. Preventing a new war in the Middle East remained a major objective; by providing aid to both Israel and Egypt, the Ford Administration helped persuade the two countries to accept an interim truce agreement. President Ford and Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev set new limitations on nuclear weapons.

Ford won the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 1976, but lost the election to his Democratic opponent, former Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia.



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