Gerald Ford Facts | 38th US PRESIDENT
US President: 1974-1977
US Vice President: Nelson Rockefeller
Political Party: Republican
Birth: July 14, 1913 at Omaha, Nebraska
Death: December 26, 2006 (aged 93) at Rancho Mirage, California
Education: University of Michigan, Yale Law School
38th President of the United States (1974 – 1977)
40th Vice President of the United States (1973 – 1974)
US House Minority Leader (1965 – 1973)
US House of Representatives from Michigan (1949 – 1973)
First Ladies: Betty Bloomer (m. 1948 – 2006; his death)
Children: Michael Gerald Ford, John Gardner Ford, Steven Ford, Susan Ford
Pictures of Betty Ford from the Library of Congress
Betty Ford obituary
Facts about Gerald Ford
Although Gerald Ford had a reputation for being clumsy, one of the most accomplished athletes ever to grace the Oval Office. He was a gridiron star who won college football national championships in 1932 and 1933 with the University of Michigan, and was also an expert downhill skier.
- Gerald Rudolph Fords (1913-2006) name before adopted was Leslie Lynch King Jr.
- Gerald Ford worked as a model during college. He also worked as a forest ranger at Yellowstone National Park directing traffic and feeding the bears.
- He nearly died in World War II when a typhoon hit his aircraft carrier and it caught fire.
- Around 400 Eagle Scouts attended Ford’s funeral and took part in the procession.
While a congressman, Gerald was a member of the Warren Commission which investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Gerald Ford was the first person to be both vice president and president without being elected by the people. He was appointed vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned and he succeeded to the presidency when Nixon resigned.
- Ford’s most common nicknames are Jerry, Mr. Nice Guy, Accidental President and Junie (Short for Junior).
- His age at the time of his death was 93 years and 165 days, making Ford the longest-lived U.S. President.
Gerald Ford Childhood
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 14, 1913. His name at birth was Leslie Lynch King Jr., after his biological father. She then married Gerald R. Ford, a successful paint salesman who adopted her young son. Ford recalled in his memoirs that he learned about his biological father at the age of 12 and only met the man a couple of times.
Where is Gerald Ford buried?
The burial was preceded by a state funeral and memorial services held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on January 2, 2007. After the service, Ford was interred at his Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
How did Gerald Ford die?
Ford died on December 26, 2006, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, of arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis.”
Gerald Rudolph FORD Jr Biography
FORD, Gerald Rudolph, Jr., a Representative from Michigan, Vice President, and thirty-eighth President of the United States; born in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebr., July 14, 1913; moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., 1914 and attended the public schools; graduated, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich., 1935; graduated from Yale University Law School, New Haven, Conn., 1941; admitted to the bar in 1941; served in the United States Navy 1942-1946;
Elected as a Republican to the Eighty-first Congress; reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1949, until his resignation from the United States House of Representatives December 6, 1973, to become the fortieth Vice President of the United States; minority leader (Eighty-ninth through Ninety-third Congresses); first Vice President to be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Congress pursuant to the twenty-fifth amendment to the Constitution of the United States; sworn in as the thirty-eighth President of the United States, August 9, 1974, when President Richard M. Nixon resigned, and served until January 20, 1977; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1976; died on December 26, 2006, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda, December 30, 2006, to January 2, 2007; interment at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library, Grand Rapids, Mich.