GERALD R. “JERRY” FORD was the first person
ever appointed to the Vice Presidency under the 25th Amendment after Spiro
Agnew resigned. Ford became the 40th President from 1974-1975 after Richard
Nixon resigned. He narrowly lost the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter. Many feel
the economy and his pardoning of Richard Nixon were the leading causes. Ford
has largely been vindicated for the pardon over the years as many believe now
that it was necessary for the nation to move on from Watergate. Ford served
nearly 25 years as a Congressman from Michigan’s 5th Congressional District and
spent eight of those years as the Republican Minority Leader.
LEVERETT A. SALTONSTALL served as the 55th Governor of Massachusetts from 1939-1945. A Republican, Saltonstall mediated a Teamsters strike, reduced taxes and retired 90 percent of the state’s debt. He served as President of the National Governor’s Association from 1943-1944 and was fifth President of the Council of State Governments.
FRANCIS W. SARGENT was the 64th Governor of Massachusetts from 1969 to 1975. A Republican, “Sarge” also served in World War II and earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was a dedicated conservationist who delivered the keynote address at MIT on the first Earth Day in 1970.
CURTIS EDWARD GOWDY was an American sportscaster and the voice of the Boston Red Sox.
As part of the official Bicentennial events to celebrate the founding of the nation in 1975, President Ford traveled to Boston on April 18th to light a third lantern at the historic Old North Church, symbolizing America’s third century. The next day Ford delivered a major address commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts.
Offered is a very nice 8 ½” x 11” Salute to the President Dinner Committee Menu, which Ford, Saltonstall, Sargent and Gowdy have signed. The dinner may have been related to the Bicentennial events involving Ford’s Boston trip. The location of the dinner is not listed, but Sargent was clearly the governor and the program mentions that “The President will appear on closed circuit television.”
Overall in excellent condition with normal folds and a couple of creases. Light toning all away from the signatures.
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