President Gerald R. Ford
In 1973 President Richard M. Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford vice president. He was confirmed by a vote of the House and Senate. Upon Nixon's resignation in 1974 because of Watergate Ford ascended to the presidency. At his inauguration, Ford said, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule." Ford ran for reelection in 1976 and was narrowly defeated by Jimmy Carter.