Gerald R. Ford                                                                                                          
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Article 2 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: "Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both houses of Congress." Before this amendment, which went into effect in 1967, the vacancy would continue until the next scheduled election and inauguration. On October 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned, pleading no contest to charges of income tax evasion. Gerald R. Ford had represented Michigan in the House of Representatives since 1949, serving as Minority Leader since 1965. On October 12, 1973, President Nixon nominated Congressman Ford as Vice President. On December 6, 1973, Ford was confirmed by Congress and was sworn in as Vice President. That day he delivered his VP Inaugural Address.

Color Photograph, 6" x 5-1/4", of Gerald R. Ford
beneath which is printed:

 "Address delivered before a Joint Session of the Congress on December 6, 1973, immediately after taking the Oath of Office as the 40th Vice President of the United States"

Signed "Gerald R. Ford"

"Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President pro tempore, distinguished guests, and friends:

Together we have made history here today. For the first time we have carried out the command of the 25th amendment. In exactly 8 weeks, we have demonstrated to the world that our great Republic stands solid, stands strong upon the bedrock of the Constitution.

I am a Ford, not a Lincoln. My addresses will never be as eloquent as Mr. Lincoln's. But I will do my very best to equal his brevity and plain speaking."

I am deeply grateful to you, Mr. President, for the trust and the confidence your nomination implies..."

Eight months later, President Nixon resigned and Vice President Ford became President.

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Gerald R. Ford

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