GERALD Ford assumed the presidency in 1974 under the most undesirable of circumstances: He was only president who wasn’t elected in a national vote. And he followed the disgraced Richard Nixon while the nation was still mired in Vietnam. Coming to power at a time when Americans had lost all confidence in their government, Ford had but one item on his agenda: to restore hope and the public trust. And in a mere 895 days, he did just that. That was no mean feat, but Ford was always very honest and very straightforward in his dealings with the public. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeAlthough controversial at the time, his pardon of Nixon allowed the country to move on from a debilitating scandal. It may have cost him the 1976 election, but historians and others came to recognize that Ford sacrificed his own political career for the good of the country. And there’s nothing greater than that to be said for any politician.