Gerald R. Ford

Nicole Francis

Path to Presidency

Nixon's Vice President S. Agnew had resigned Oct 1973

Congress used the Twenty-fifth Amendment to select Ford as the replacement Vice President

Nixon resigned August 8, 1974 after releasing tapes convicting himself of obstructing justice after the Watergate Scandal

Because Ford was Vice President at that time, he assumed the full role as President when Nixon resigned

In an act of respect, Ford pardoned Nixon from all possible convictions

Ford is the only US President chosen by Congress

Vietnam War

1975 South Vietnam collapses without American aid

April 29- Last American troops evacuated along with South Vietnamese refugees