Gerald R. Ford Hospitality


The U.S. Presidency and Political Hospitality - 1776-1976


The U.S. Presidency and Political Hospitality - 1776-1976


Gerald R. Ford Hospitality Papers

Mary Edith Wilroy  served as Blair House Manager under President Ford until July 19, 1975:  We entered the new year with a new Vice-President, Gerald Ford, and an inescapable atmosphere of tension.  Soon the Watergate investigations touched us directly.  One day we got a call from the Watergate Committee asking for the guest list of a luncheon that had been hosted by Vice-President Agnew in March 1971.


The U.S. Presidency and Political Hospitality - 1776-1976
President Gerald R. Ford
writes Mary Edith on her retirement


 On Nixon Resignation:  While I was home recuperating, President Nixon resigned and President Ford took over the office of President.  It all seemed very far away, I thought as I watched it on television in my house in Takoma Park.   ...  The impending visit of King Hussein and Queen Ali was coming off as scheduled on August 15th.  The White House had been under a certain amount of pressure, since they had to plan a state dinner in the unusual short space of a week.    It had been not clear who was going to be President during the King's visit.  The resignation of Mr. Nixon, though rumored for some time, happened only a week and a day from the arrival day.



The U.S. Presidency and Political Hospitality - 1776-1976
Various Correspondence, tickets,  and invitations


As it happened the Fords were not yet in residence at the White House, but the dinner-- their first state visit, of course -- went off splendidly.  The papers were full of pictures of the new President dancing with the gloriously beautiful young Queen.

The U.S. Presidency and Political Hospitality - 1776-1976



On Betty Ford:  In January 1977 Mrs. Ford had been named honorary chairman of the Blair House Fine Arts Committee, and I was pleased to take her around and could see that she was to be an enthusiastic addition to the committee.

The U.S. Presidency and Political Hospitality - 1776-1976

Foreign Dignitaries who stayed at the Blair House
During the Nixon and Ford Administrations



The papers are currently housed at the Loyola University Honors Program and are subjects of academic study under the direction of  its Director,   Naomi Yavneh, Ph.D.


Naomi Yavneh, Ph.D.

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&  Office of Undergraduate Research 

Loyola University New Orleans
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Chart Comparing Presidential Powers 
of  America's Four United Republics - Click Here

United Colonies and States First Ladies
1774-1788


United Colonies Continental Congress
President
18th Century Term
Age
09/05/74 – 10/22/74
29
Mary Williams Middleton (1741- 1761) Deceased
Henry Middleton
10/22–26/74
n/a
05/20/ 75 - 05/24/75
30
05/25/75 – 07/01/76
28
United States Continental Congress
President
Term
Age
07/02/76 – 10/29/77
29
Eleanor Ball Laurens (1731- 1770) Deceased
Henry Laurens
11/01/77 – 12/09/78
n/a
Sarah Livingston Jay (1756-1802)
12/ 10/78 – 09/28/78
21
Martha Huntington (1738/39–1794)
09/29/79 – 02/28/81
41
United States in Congress Assembled
President
Term
Age
Martha Huntington (1738/39–1794)
03/01/81 – 07/06/81
42
07/10/81 – 11/04/81
25
Jane Contee Hanson (1726-1812)
11/05/81 - 11/03/82
55
11/03/82 - 11/02/83
46
Sarah Morris Mifflin (1747-1790)
11/03/83 - 11/02/84
36
11/20/84 - 11/19/85
46
11/23/85 – 06/06/86
38
Rebecca Call Gorham (1744-1812)
06/06/86 - 02/01/87
42
02/02/87 - 01/21/88
43
01/22/88 - 01/29/89
36

Constitution of 1787
First Ladies
President
Term
Age
April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797
57
March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
52
Martha Wayles Jefferson Deceased
September 6, 1782  (Aged 33)
n/a
March 4, 1809 – March 4, 1817
40
March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825
48
March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829
50
December 22, 1828 (aged 61)
n/a
February 5, 1819 (aged 35)
n/a
March 4, 1841 – April 4, 1841
65
April 4, 1841 – September 10, 1842
50
June 26, 1844 – March 4, 1845
23
March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1849
41
March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850
60
July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853
52
March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857
46
n/a
n/a
March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
42
February 22, 1862 – May 10, 1865
April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869
54
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877
43
March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1881
45
March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881
48
January 12, 1880 (Aged 43)
n/a
June 2, 1886 – March 4, 1889
21
March 4, 1889 – October 25, 1892
56
June 2, 1886 – March 4, 1889
28
March 4, 1897 – September 14, 1901
49
September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909
40
March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
47
March 4, 1913 – August 6, 1914
52
December 18, 1915 – March 4, 1921
43
March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
60
August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929
44
March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
54
March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
48
April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953
60
January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
56
January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
31
November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
50
January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974
56
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
56
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
49
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
59
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
63
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
45
January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
54
January 20, 2009 to date
45




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