Ford, Gerald R.

Post-White House ALS Thanking former White House Chief Usher Rex Scouten for his contribution to the Gerald R. Ford Foundation

Price: $650.00

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(1913-2006) 38th President 1974-77, 40th VP 1973-74, 1st person appointed Vice President under the 25th Amendment. When he became President upon Richard Nixon's resignation (Aug. 9, 1974), he became the only President neither elected President nor Vice President! He previously served some 25 years as Michigan US Rep, 8 as GOP Minority Leader. As President, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente with the USSR. With the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam 9 months into his presidency, US involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Domestically, he presided over what was then the worst economy since the Depression, with growing inflation and a recession. One of his more controversial acts was to pardon Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During his incumbency, foreign policy was characterized by the increased role Congress began to play, and by a corresponding curb on powers of the President. In 1976, Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan for the GOP nomination, but lost election to Jimmy Carter. He lived longer than any other president, dying at age 93 years and 165 days. Uncommon ALS “Jerry Ford” on 8 ˝ x 6 ˝ personal letterhead,(Rancho Mirage, Cal.), June 29, no year, gilt presidential seal at top center, to Mr. & Mrs. Rex Scouten, Fairfax, Va. The former President thanks Scouten for his "thoughtful and generous" contribution to the Gerald R. Ford Foundation (full signature here) for which the fords are deeply grateful. The former President says it was wonderful to see Scouten "at the annual dinner at the Capital Hill Club", and remarks as to the Fords' "many wonderful memories of your many kindnesses while we were in the White House." With typed addressed envelope with printed franking signature, no postmark. Two Ford signatures! REX W. SCOUTEN (1924-2013) Member of the US Secret Service 1947-60, an assistant White House usher. 1960-69, White House Chief Usher 1969-86 and White House Curator 1986-97.

Condition: Very good, center fold
Type:Letter






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