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.
Ford said he admired the political philosophy of South Carolinians, which he said was a "philosophy of standing on your own two feet."