Former President Gerald R. Ford, the only president to take office without being elected president or vice-president, passed away Tuesday evening at his California home. He was 93.

Ford’s body will lie in state this weekend for public viewing in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, a honor granted to presidents, military commanders and members of Congress.

Funeral arrangements are not set but are anticipated to continue into the New Year.

President Richard Nixon nominated Ford after Spirio Agnew resigned midst scandal. Ford took the oath as president in 1974 after Nixon resigned as a result of the Watergate investigations.



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