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Yesterday: Swearing in of Elizabeth Hanford

In this photograph from the Dec. 5, 1973, edition of the Post, Salisbury native Elizabeth Hanford is sworn in as a new member of the Federal Trade Commission from her bed at Georgetown University Hospital. President Richard Nixon had nominated Hanford for the post, and she had just been confirmed by the U.S. Senate the previous week. Hanford, who was in the hospital for 30 days, was suffering from a ruptured disk in her back. This picture is of one of hundreds of Elizabeth Hanford Dole images that are part of the summer-long exhibit on Dole’s life at the Rowan Museum. The exhibit opened Sunday, and Dole was in Salisbury this weekend for its opening. She said her swearing in was later toasted with champagne, chilled in hospital bedpans. Others in the photograph are, from left, FTC Chairman Lewis Engman, and Commissioners David Dennison Jr., Mayo Thompson and Rand Dixon. Dole had been in Nixon’s Office of Consumer Affairs. She married U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas in December 1975.

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