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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Gerald Ford, Thirty-Eighth President
President Ford and his wife, Betty with three of their four children:  Steve, Jack and Susan.,  David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1974
On the first night of his presidency, Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, celebrate with three of their four children: Steve, Jack and Susan. President Ford commuted from his home in Alexandria, Virginia to the White House for several weeks in 1974 following Richard Nixon's departure.
Did you know?
Gerald Ford was the ninth vice-president in U.S. history to replace a president in mid-term. All the previous cases--John Tyler for William Henry Harrison, Millard Fillmore for Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson for Abraham Lincoln, Chester A. Arthur for James A. Garfield, Theodore Roosevelt for William McKinley, Calvin Coolidge for Warren G. Harding, Harry S. Truman for Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson for John F. Kennedy--occurred when the president died in office.
 
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House Minority Leader Ford enjoys a quiet moment in his office.President Ford and his wife, Betty with three of their four children:  Steve, Jack and Susan.President Ford in the Oval Office
French President Giscard d'Estang and President Ford at the White House.President Ford visits his wife at Bethesda Naval Hospital after her mastectomy.President Ford and a geisha play a traditional Japanese game.
President Ford meets with Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. President Ford during a swimPresident Ford meets with the National Security Council.
President Ford falls leaving Air Force One.President Ford contemplates his response during a debate with Jimmy Carter.President Ford dances with Queen Elizabeth.
Kansas Senator Bob Dole shares a laugh with President Ford.President Ford takes a spin in a convertible with John Wayne.President Ford concedes his defeat to former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter.

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