Americans never elected Gerald R. Ford president or even vice president—Richard Nixon appointed him after Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in October 1973. Today, Ford’s brief...
Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned after accusations of tax evasion surfaced against him. Nixon named Congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan his new vice president.
Rather than face impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States. His resignation made Gerald Ford, whom Nixon had appointed vice president upon Spiro Agnew’s resignation, president.