Gerald Ford Dies

Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, has the distinction of being the only unelected president in American history. He was appointed to the post of vice president by Richard Nixon, only to find himself ascending to the presidency when Nixon resigned in the wake of Watergate. Ford's term was brief -- he was defeated for re-election in 1976 by Jimmy Carter -- but his was a critically presidency, transitioning out of the dread of Vietnam and the corruption of Nixon to a more settled government that was the foundation for America's positioning as the only global superpower.

Gerald Ford died on Tuesday. He was 93.

In lieu of a video that was impossible to track down, click here to listen to Ford's inaugural address, arguably his most important speech.

(Photo courtesy of Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Audio clip courtesy The History Place.)