This timeline charts Gerald Ford's path in the 1976 election, from competing for the Republican nomination in the primaries to his fight against Jimmy Carter in the general election. Follow along to learn more about the key moments in his campaign.
Campaign Stops: Springfield, Peoria
President Ford and Terry O’Donell in the Lincoln bedroom, Abraham Lincoln Home National Historical Site, Springfield, IL.
Campaign Stop: Thomasboro
President Ford visits the Lyle Grace Farm in Thomasboro, IL.
Campaign Stop: San Diego
First Lady Betty Ford at the opening of the PFC Headquarters in San Diego, CA.
Campaign Stops: Libertyville, Rockford
First Lady Betty Ford meets with her staff enroute to Libertyville, IL.
Campaign Stops: Greensboro, Winston Salem, Millers Creek
President Ford is presented with a Bicentennial Rifle by a descendant of Daniel Boone in Miller's Creek, NC.
Campaign Stops: Charlotte, Ashville, Morrison Field, Hickory
President Ford and Rep. James Broyhill onstage at a Citizens Forum in Hickory, NC.
Campaign Stops: Los Angeles, Fresno, LaCrosse, WI
President Ford’s campaign trip to LaCrosse, WI.