The original Constitution contains no stipulation for replacing a vice president, and in the case of the "Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President," Congress determined the order of succession. The Twenty-Fifth Amendment (1967) declared that if there were no vice president, the president would nominate, and a majority vote by both houses of Congress would confirm, a new vice president.
Gerald Ford had been a friend and supporter of Richard Nixon since the two had entered Congress, and they were both members of the Chowder and Marching Club, a conservative strategy group. Nixon had first offered Ford the vice presidential spot in 1968. After Spiro Agnew resigned, Nixon nominated Ford, who was confirmed by the House, 387-35, and the Senate, 92-3. Ford was sworn in as the fortieth vice president of the United States on December 6, 1973.
In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.