Gerald R. Ford Signed Souvenir Speech, "Remarks on Taking the Oath of Office". Two pages, 8.5" x 11", this historically significant speech was given in Washington, D.C. on August 9, 1974, the day that President Richard Nixon resigned and Vice-President Ford assumed the presidency. This speech was part of Ford's attempt to heal a wounded nation, ending "our long national nightmare", as Ford referred to the Watergate scandal in this speech.

    Ford became vice-president in 1973 on the resignation of Vice-President Spiro Agnew. He was the first to enter that office under the newly passed Twenty-fifth Amendment, winning Senate confirmation by a 92-3 vote. When President Richard Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, Ford assumed the presidency, making him the only individual to become president without having won a national election. Ford addressed this issue in this speech: "I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by Americans. This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts. . . . I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers." This momentous speech, which also called America for "your prayers for Richard Nixon and for his family", was given at the White House at 12:05 p.m., exactly thirty minutes after the White House announced the resignation of Nixon. This typed transcript is signed at the bottom of the second page in blue ink. Both pages have been taped on versos to a double-faced 18" x 13" mat. Very fine.

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