PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - DOCUMENT SIGNED - HFSID 47695
Sale Price $1,360.00
GERALD R. FORD. Historic Oath of Office and Inaugural Address signed: "Gerald R. Ford" beneath his 6x8 color photograph. Color, 18¾x13¾. Rare "Presentation copy" of Ford's presidential oath and inaugural address. Headed: "PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD/SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE 38TH PRESIDENT/OF THE UNITED STATES, IN THE EAST ROOM AT THE WHITE HOUSE/ON AUGUST NINTH, ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FOUR". The presentation begins with the Oath of Office and continues with the text of Ford's Inaugural Address, delivered in the White House on August 9, 1974, after President Richard Nixon, facing impeachment and removal from office, resigned. In part: "The oath that I have taken is the same oath that was taken by George Washington and by every President under the Constitution. But I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances, never before experienced by Americans. This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts...My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a Government of laws and not of men...." After President Richard Nixon's resignation became official at 11:35 a.m., Gerald R. Ford took the Oath of Office in the East Room of the White House at 12:03 p.m. on August 9, 1974. Ford, who had been named as Nixon's Vice President following the resignation of Spiro Agnew, is the only man to have held the two highest offices in the U.S. without being elected to either. Ford's unconditional pardon of his successor resulted in his losing the presidency to Jimmy Carter in 1976. No U.S. President before or since has created a broadside commemorating his inauguration. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 26¾x28½.
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