Official portrait, 1974
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States (1861–1865) and the first Republican to hold the office
The Gunnery officers of USS Monterey (CVL-26), 1943. Ford is second from the right, in the front row.
Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States (1829–1837) and the first Democratic president.
Frederick Muhlenberg (1789–1791, 1793–1795), was the first speaker.
Charles R. Jennison, an anti-slavery militia leader associated with the Jayhawkers from Kansas and an early Republican politician in the region
A billboard for Ford's 1948 congressional campaign from Michigan's 5th district
Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States (1837–1841) and the second Democratic president.
Henry Clay (1811–1814, 1815–1820, 1823–1825) used his influence as speaker to ensure the passage of measures he favored
Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States (1869–1877)
The Warren Commission (Ford 4th from left) presents its report to President Johnson (1964)
Senator Stephen A. Douglas
Joseph Gurney Cannon (1903–1911) was one of the most powerful speakers.
James G. Blaine, 28th & 31st Secretary of State (1881; 1889–1892)
Congressman Gerald Ford, MSFC director Wernher von Braun, Congressman George H. Mahon, and NASA Administrator James E. Webb visit the Marshall Space Flight Center for a briefing on the Saturn program, 1964.
The 1885 inauguration of Grover Cleveland, the only president with non-consecutive terms
Sam Rayburn (1940–1947; 1949–1953; and 1955–1961) was the longest serving speaker
William McKinley, 25th president of the United States (1897–1901)
Gerald and Betty Ford with the President and First Lady Pat Nixon after President Nixon nominated Ford to be vice president, October 13, 1973.
Leaders of the Democratic Party during the first half of the 20th century on 14 June 1913: Secretary of State William J. Bryan, Josephus Daniels, President Woodrow Wilson, Breckinridge Long, William Phillips, and Franklin D. Roosevelt
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) with Vice President Dick Cheney behind President George W. Bush at the 2007 State of the Union Address making history as the first woman to sit behind the podium at such an address. President Bush acknowledged this by beginning his speech with the words, "Tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own — as the first president to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madam Speaker".
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States (1901–1909)
Gerald Ford is sworn in as president by Chief Justice Warren Burger in the White House East Room, while Betty Ford looks on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, 32nd and 33rd presidents of the United States (1933–1945; 1945–1953), featured on a campaign poster for the 1944 presidential election
Paul Ryan taking the oath of office upon becoming speaker on October 29, 2015
Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States (1929–1933)
President Ford appears at a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing in reference to his pardon of Richard Nixon
John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, 35th and 36th presidents of the United States (1961–1963, 1963–1969)
James Polk is the only speaker to also serve as president of the United States.
Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States (1981–1989)
Ford meeting with his Cabinet, 1975
Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States (1977–1981), delivering the State of the Union Address in 1979
The speaker's office in the US Capitol, during the term of Dennis Hastert (1999–2007)
Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States (2017–2021)
Ford and his golden retriever, Liberty, in the Oval Office, 1974
Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States (1993–2001), at The Pentagon in 1998
Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States (1923–1929)
Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ford in the Oval Office, 1975
Barack Obama speaking to College Democrats of America in 2007
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th governor of California (2003–2011)
Ford meets with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev to sign a joint communiqué on the SALT treaty during the Vladivostok Summit, November 1974
President Barack Obama meeting with the Blue Dog Coalition in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2009
John McCain, United States senator from Arizona (1987–2018)
Countries visited by Ford during his presidency
Eleanor Roosevelt at the 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago
Donald Rumsfeld, 21st United States Secretary of Defense (2001–2006)
Ford with Anwar Sadat in Salzburg, 1975
President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law at the White House on March 23, 2010
Colin Powell, 65th United States Secretary of State (2001–2005)
Ford and his daughter Susan watch as Henry Kissinger (right) shakes hands with Mao Zedong, December 2, 1975
Secretary of State John Kerry addressing delegates at the United Nations before signing the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2016
Newt Gingrich, 50th Speaker of the House of Representatives (1995–1999)
Indonesian President Suharto with Ford and Kissinger in Jakarta on December 6, 1975, one day before the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.
Shirley Chisholm was the first major-party African American candidate to run nationwide primary campaigns.
Annual population growth in the U.S. by county - 2010s
Reaction immediately after the second assassination attempt
President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Immigration Act of 1965 as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy and others look on
This map shows the vote in the 2020 presidential election by county.
John Paul Stevens, Ford's only Supreme Court appointment.
Then-Senator Barack Obama shaking hands with an American soldier in Basra, Iraq in 2008
Political Spectrum Libertarian Left    Centrist   Right  Authoritarian
Governor Ronald Reagan congratulates President Ford after the president successfully wins the 1976 Republican nomination, while Bob Dole, Nancy Reagan, and Nelson Rockefeller look on.
President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1978
U.S. opinion on gun control issues is deeply divided along political lines, as shown in this 2021 survey.
Jimmy Carter and Ford in a presidential debate, September 23, 1976.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with President Barack Obama at Ben Gurion Airport in 2013
1976 electoral vote results
Self-identified Democrats (blue) versus self-identified Republicans (red) (January–June 2010 data)
On July 16, 1980 (day 3 of the 1980 Republican National Convention) Gerald Ford consults with Bob Dole, Howard Baker and Bill Brock before making a decision to ultimately decline the offer to serve as Ronald Reagan's running mate
Higher percentages of Democrats than Republicans are members of union households.
Ford joins President Bill Clinton and former presidents George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter on stage at the dedication of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University, November 6, 1997
Elected at age 33, Jon Ossoff is currently the youngest member of the U.S. Senate.
Ford at his 90th birthday with Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, and Betty Ford in the White House State Dining Room in 2003
Hillary Clinton was the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party.
Ford lying in state in the Capitol rotunda
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
The Fords on their wedding day, October 15, 1948
Vice President Kamala Harris
President George W. Bush with Ford and his wife Betty on April 23, 2006
Julián Castro served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
U.S. opinion on gun control issues is deeply divided along political lines, as shown in this 2021 survey.

Since the mid-1850s, it has been the main political rival of the Democratic Party.

- Republican Party (United States)

He previously served as the leader of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, and as the 40th vice president from 1973 to 1974.

- Gerald Ford

Its main political rival has been the Republican Party since the 1850s.

- Democratic Party (United States)

The current House speaker is Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California.

- Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

In the 1976 Republican presidential primary campaign, Ford defeated former California Governor Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but narrowly lost the presidential election to the Democratic challenger, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter.

- Gerald Ford

Anyone who votes for the other party's candidate would face serious consequences, as was the case when Democrat James Traficant voted for Republican Dennis Hastert in 2001 (107th Congress).

- Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

He was succeeded by vice president Gerald Ford, who served a brief tenure.

- Democratic Party (United States)

Rather, his ambition was to become Speaker of the House, which he called "the ultimate achievement. To sit up there and be the head honcho of 434 other people and have the responsibility, aside from the achievement, of trying to run the greatest legislative body in the history of mankind ... I think I got that ambition within a year or two after I was in the House of Representatives".

- Gerald Ford

The second half of the 20th century saw the election or succession of Republican presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

- Republican Party (United States)

Gingrich was made Speaker of the House, and within the first 100 days of the Republican majority every proposition featured in the Contract with America was passed, with the exception of term limits for members of Congress.

- Republican Party (United States)

The vacancy continued until Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president on December 6, 1973.

- Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was anti-abortion and former President Jimmy Carter has expressed his wish to see the Democratic Party becoming more pro-life, while former President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi favor abortion rights.

- Democratic Party (United States)

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