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Button, Gerald Ford, 1976

Button, Gerald Ford, 1976

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Gerald Ford is the only individual to have served as both vice president and president without having been elected to either position. After almost 25 years representing Michigan in the US House, Ford was selected as Richard Nixon’s vice president upon the resignation of Spiro Agnew in December 1973. Eight months later Ford became president following President Nixon’s own resignation. This button used a picture of a Model T as a visual play on words to promote Ford for president in his unsuccessful 1976 campaign to retain the position. President Ford lost a close election to his Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter, governor of Georgia.
Object Name
button
date made
1976
Measurements
overall: 3 in; 7.62 cm
ID Number
2015.0200.111
accession number
2015.0200
catalog number
2015.0200.111
subject
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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