Looking back: Former President Gerald Ford


Photo courtesy of EWU Archives and Special Collections 007-0852 # 5-2-1

Above is former President Gerald Ford (right), the 38th president of the U.S., moments before giving a speech at EWU. Ford was a guest speaker during the school's 1982 Centennial celebration.

By Dylan Harris, News Editor

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson came to EWU this past November to discuss current political and legal issues facing the nation with students and faculty. Ferguson is not, however, the first politician to visit EWU.

Former President Gerald Ford, pictured above, visited EWU in 1982 as a guest speaker at the school’s Centennial celebration.

Ford, the nation’s 38th president, took office after the infamous Watergate scandal. In a controversial move, Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon for his role in Watergate.

Much of Ford’s presidency was spent dealing with economic woes and the ongoing Vietnam War. In 1976, Ford won the Republican nomination, but was defeated in the general election by Democrat opponent Jimmy Carter.

Ford died in 2006 at the age of 93. He is still the only person to serve as both vice president and president without being elected to either position.