(Born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006)
Was the 38th President of the United States.
Serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this,
Was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974 under President Richard Nixon.
He was the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, after Spiro Agnew resigned.
When he became president upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the first and to date only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected by the Electoral College.
Before ascending to the Vice Presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as the Representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.
As President, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam essentially ended.
Domestically, Ford presided over the worst economy in the four decades since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure
. One of his more controversial acts was to grant a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.
During Ford's incumbency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President.
In 1976, Ford defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but he