Vice Presidential Appointment
In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned from office to avoid criminal charges for bribery. According to the twenty-fifth amendment, when there was a vacancy in the vice presidency the president would nominate, and the Senate and House would confirm, a new vice president. Ford was chosen as a moderate and was confirmed by both the House and Senate. He took office on December 6, 1973. When Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, Ford became the first president who had not been elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency.