Gerald R. Ford

The only man to become president of the United States upon the resignation of a chief executive visited Richmond nine years before his ascendancy to the highest office in the land.

As 38th President of the United States he helped heal the nation.

House Minority leader Gerald R. Ford was in Richmond on March 3, 1966 to attend the annual Lincoln Day dinner held at the Earlham Hall dining room. He was also honoring a Wayne County judge.

Ford had a calm, friendly manner and an unquestioned reputation for honesty. Americans warmly welcomed him eight years later when he ascended to the presidency.

His book, A Time to Heal, accurately describes his effect on the American people. With Ford as president, forgiveness became an important part of the nation's healing.

When he passed away on Dec. 26, 2006, the Showalter Blackwell Funeral Homes in Liberty, Connersville and College Corner erected temporary monuments in his honor, and east central Indiana residents signed a memorial book that was sent to the Ford family for his presidential library.

 


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