Former president Gerald R. Ford died yesterday in his home in California. He was the longest living U.S. president at 93. Ford was the only president to gain that office who was never elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency. Richard Nixon chose Ford to succeed Spiro T. Agnew, who resigned in disgrace. Nixon himself resigned due to the Watergate scandal after choosing Michigan congressman Gerald Ford to be his vice president.
Ford was controversial for pardoning Richard Nixon a month into his presidency, but many agree today that the closing of the Watergate chapter of American history allowed America to function as a nation once again.