[source: gerald r ford library and museum] at 11:01 am, president ford delivers a statement announcing the pardon of former president richard nixon to a bank of television cameras and reporters he calls watergate and nixon’s travails “an american tragedy in which we have all played a part. For more than 20 years after gerald ford pardoned richard nixon, many americans -- perhaps most -- thought he had made the wrong decision certainly in 1976, many voters thought the pardon had been a mistake -- a fact that undoubtedly contributed to president ford's reelection loss that year. Learn about mr ford’s accomplishments and legacy by reading and discussing the article “gerald ford, 38th president, dies at 93” 3 collect articles written during the time of mr ford’s presidency to examine some of the key issues he faced and how they were presented in the written media. Gerald ford (born 1913) served as republican leader in the house of representatives before being selected by president nixon to replace spiro agnew as vice president in 1973 a year later he replaced nixon himself, who resigned due to the watergate crisis in the 1976 presidential election ford lost.
Born 100 years ago sunday, former president gerald ford was criticized for pardoning richard nixon in 1974, but in the years since, many have changed their views on ford's decision. Jerald f terhorst, gerald ford and the future of the presidency (new york, 1974), by the man who served ford as press secretary until he resigned after the pardon, is a valuable prepresidential biographical study. In 2014, i appeared on a panel at the gerald r ford presidential library and museum in grand rapids, mich, with benton becker, the lawyer ford sent to nixon's san clemente home to offer the pardon.
The nixon pardon perhaps the most consequential decision of ford's presidency was his pardon of nixon prior to his decision to do so, a gallup poll found a majority of americans opposed to a nixon pardon (53% to 38%. Q mr president, prior to your deciding to pardon mr nixon, did you have, apart from those reports, any information either from associates of the president or from his family or from any other source about his health, about his medical condition. In december 1973, ford accepted the responsibilities of the vice presidency the following august, he became president after president richard nixon resigned in disgrace during the watergate scandal. The original documents are located in box 25, folder “nixon, richard - pardon: house subcommittee hearing - ford statement” of the john marsh files at the gerald r ford presidential library. Ford appears before the house judiciary subcommittee on criminal justice to explain the facts and circumstances that were the basis for his pardon of former president richard nixon october 17, 1974 ford vetoes the freedom of information act amendments believing not enough protection is given to sensitive and classified intelligence documents.
Gerald ford's presidency must be assessed in light of both the exceptional circumstances under which ford assumed office and the severe challenges he faced during those years ford was not elected president (or vice president) by the american public he became president in 1974 only after richard. President gerald ford testifies at a house of representatives hearing in 1974 on his pardon of richard nixon in october nineteen seventy-four, president ford appeared before a congressional. President gerald ford’s pardon of richard nixon 44 years ago today generated a national controversy, but in recent years, some of the pardon’s biggest critics have changed their tunes on the unprecedented move. On november 12, 1999, terhorst appeared on a c-span panel regarding gerald ford's pardon of richard nixon the program was chaired by professor ken gormley of duquesne university , and hosted at duquesne. President richard m nixon's resignation created the ford administration—and left ford with the excruciating dilemma of whether to intervene in nixon's legal fate in the watergate scandal.
Photograph of president gerald ford announcing his decision to grant a pardon to former president richard nixon photo credit: gerald r ford presidential library june 1, 2018 at 2:50 am. Vice president gerald r ford succeeded him and a month later granted nixon a full pardon for any crimes he might have committed while president richard nixon had served a total of 2,026 days as the 37th president of the united states. Gerald r ford became president not because he was popular with the american public, not because he campaigned for the job, but because of his character. Speaking on this occasion, caroline kennedy schlossberg said of president ford, “as president, he made a controversial decision of conscience to pardon former president nixon and end the trauma of watergate.
On sept 8, 1974, president gerald r ford granted a pardon to former president richard m nixon — who had resigned just a month earlier — for any crimes he may have committed during the watergate break-in and cover-up. The campaign was conducted in the aftermath of the watergate scandal that forced pres richard m nixon to become the first president to resign the office nixon was succeeded by ford, his vice president carter announced his candidacy on dec 12, 1974, in washington, dc. Upon becoming president, gerald ford felt that the watergate scandal needed to be closed, so he pardoned richard nixon in a move that was unpopular at the time. Former first lady betty ford prays at the side of her husband, former president gerald r ford's casket during the state funeral service on capitol hill in washington, saturday, dec 30, 2006.
On september 8, 1974 president gerald r ford made one of the most controversial decisions ever made by an american president: he pardoned former president richard m nixon for his part in the white house scandal called watergate political analysts say that this decision probably cost ford the presidency. Gerald ford: gerald ford, 38th president of the united states (1974–77), who, as 40th vice president, had succeeded to the presidency on the resignation of president richard nixon, under the process decreed by the twenty-fifth amendment he was the only us chief executive who had not been elected president or vice president. 37 facts about america’s 37th president top ten foreign and domestic policy achievements of president nixon richard nixon — a timeline discover the legacy of richard nixon richard nixon won a seat in the us house of representatives in 1946 in 1948, he took the lead role as a member of the house committee on un-american [.