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Gerald Rudolph Ford (King), Jr.

Also Known As: "Leslie Lynch King Jr.", "Jerry"
Birthplace: 3202 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
Death: December 26, 2006 (93)
At home, Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States (complications of arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis)
Place of Burial: Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Leslie Lynch King, Sr. and Dorothy Ayer Ford / King (Gardner)
Husband of Betty Ford, 35th First Lady of the United States
Father of Michael Gerald Ford; John Gardner Ford; Steven Meigs Ford and Susan Elizabeth Bales
Brother of Leslie "Bud" Henry King; Private; Marjorie B. King and Private
Half brother of Marjorie B. King; Private; Leslie "Bud" Henry King; Thomas Gardner Ford; Richard Addison Ford and 1 other

Occupation: Politician, Navy veteran, attorney
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.)

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (/ˈdʒɛrəld/ JERR-əld;[1] born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 38th president of the United States from 1974 to 1977.
He was the only president never to have been elected to the office of president or vice president.
He previously served as the leader of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, and was appointed to be the 40th vice president in 1973. When President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, Ford succeeded to the presidency, but was defeated for election to a full term in 1976.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ford attended the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the school's football team, winning two National Championships. Following his senior year, he turned down offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, instead opting to go to Yale Law School. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving from 1942 to 1946; he left as a lieutenant commander. Ford began his political career in 1949 as the U.S. representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district. He served in this capacity for nearly 25 years, the final nine of them as the House minority leader. In December 1973, two months after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, Ford became the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment. After the subsequent resignation of President Nixon in August 1974, Ford immediately assumed the presidency. To date, this was the last intra-term U.S. presidential succession.

As president, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, which marked a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the collapse of South Vietnam nine months into his presidency, US involvement in the Vietnam War essentially ended. Domestically, Ford presided over the worst economy in the four decades since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. In one of his most controversial acts, he granted a presidential pardon to Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During Ford's presidency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the president. In the 1976 Republican presidential primary campaign, Ford defeated former California Governor Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but narrowly lost the presidential election to the Democratic challenger, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter. Surveys of historians and political scientists have ranked Ford as a below-average president.

Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. His moderate views on various social issues increasingly put him at odds with conservative members of the party in the 1990s and early 2000s. In retirement, Ford set aside the enmity he had felt towards Carter following the 1976 election, and the two former presidents developed a close friendship. After experiencing a series of health problems, he died at home on December 26, 2006. (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA)


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Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States's Timeline

July 14, 1913
3202 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
Age 6
Grand Rapids Ward 3, Kent, Michigan
- 1932
Age 14
Grand Rapids South High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
- 1935
Age 18
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
- 1937
Age 23
University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
- 1941
Age 24
Yale Law School, United States
April 20, 1942
- February 23, 1943
Age 28
United States Navy, Annapolis, Maryland, United States
March 14, 1950