Image: Margaret Holland Sargent via Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

It had been some months since Susan Edgman-Levitan had decided that it was high time she decluttered her home Chestnut Hill, a Boston suburb. On one particular fall day in 2014, it’s the turn of her overflowing coat cupboard. Stashed in there is a pile of framed pictures that really need to be tidied. Flipping through them, she comes to an abrupt halt. One of the pictures in the pile has stopped her dead in her tracks.

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One of the artworks, actually a painting in oils of a distinguished-looking man, had jumped right out at her. Familiar though it was, she couldn’t quite put a name to the face. Then it clicked into place. This was a portrait of President Gerald Ford. Ford was the vice president who succeeded President Richard Nixon after the latter had resigned in disgrace in 1974.

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