National Archives Display Traces a Life in Politics

Thursday, December 28, 2006

The National Archives is honoring the memory of Gerald R. Ford beginning today with a display of documents that marks his career as a longtime congressman and as the 38th president of the United States.

The documents include Ford's first oath of office as a member of the House, on Jan. 3, 1949, and his final State of the Union address, delivered on Jan. 12, 1977.

At the end of that 1977 speech, Ford recalled the first time he stood in the House as a young member of Congress: "In this chamber, along with some of you, I have experienced many of the highlights of my life. It was here that I stood 28 years ago with my freshman colleagues. . . . It was here we waged many, many a lively battle -- won some, lost some, but always remained friends."

The documents will be on exhibit through Jan. 11 in the East Rotunda Gallery of the Archives building, on Constitution Avenue at Ninth Street NW. The Archives is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily, including New Year's Day.

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