On Oct. 19, 1974, President Ford came to Rock Hill as part of a two-day trip across South Carolina to stump for Republican candidates.
Ford even ribbed Strom Thurmond about his greeting of a Girl Scout who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
"Everyone else on the platform shook her hand, but not Strom - he kissed her," Ford said.
Ford also urged an audience of about 5,000 gathered at the old Rock Hill Mall on Cherry Road to support the fight against inflation.
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Ford said he admired the political philosophy of South Carolinians, which he said was a "philosophy of standing on your own two feet."