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This button was for U.S. President Gerald R. Ford's 1976 re-election campaign, in which he and Senator Bob Dole (R-Kansas) ran against challengers Jimmy Carter (former Governor of Georgia) and Senator Walter Mondale (D-Minnesota). Ford's campaign printed buttons for Americans of specific backgrounds, including Hungarian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Latvian, Irish, and others. Though Ford and Dole carried 27 states to Carter and Mondale's 23, they lost 297 to 240 in electoral votes. Richard M. Nixon had appointed Ford Vice President after Spiro Agnew's resignation, and he succeeded to the presidency upon Nixon's own resignation in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Ford thereby became the only U.S. president who had never before been elected to national office. While president, Ford pardoned Nixon for his role in Watergate. Ford also survived two assassination attempts while president.
Ford was a standout football player at the University of Michigan, which won national titles in 1932 and 1933. Ford also is the only future U.S. president to have tackled a future Heisman Trophy winner, having nabbed the University of Chicago's Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner in 1934. Ford died in 2006, and as of 2015 was the ex-president with the highest longevity (93 years and 165 days).