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Ford, Gerald Rudolph Jr. (Jerry; orig. Leslie Lynch King Jr., later Gerald Rudolf Ford Jr.)

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Born: 1913 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Presidents

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1913 - Gerald Rudolph Ford was born Leslie King Jr. and was the only child of Leslie and Dorothy Gardner King was born on the 14th of July, in Omaha Nebraska.

 

1916 - Ford's mother married Gerald Rudolff Ford, a salesman in a family-owned paint and varnish company who later became president of the firm. Her mother, Dorothy, soon called him Gerald Rudolff Ford Jr. Although he was not legally adopted, he changed his name on 1935 and also used a more conventional spelling on his middle name.

 

1935 - Graduated from the University of Michigan where he was a football scholar.

 

1941 - He graduated from Yale Law School at the top third of his class. He also worked as an Assistant Football Coach.

 

1942 - Gerald entered the Navy.

 

1946 - He was released from active duty under honorable conditions on February 23 and on June 28, the Secretary of the Navy accepted Ford's resignation from the Naval Reserve.

 

1948 - He was elected to Congress in 1948 and that became the first of his thirteen terms in the House. He was assigned to the influential Appropriations Committee and became the ranking Republican on the subcommittee on Defense Department appropriations.

 

        - Ford married Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bloomer. They had four children, Michael Gerald, John Gardner, Steven Meigs, and Susan Elizabeth.

 

1963 - He was elected Chairman of the House Republican Conference and was a member of the Warren Commission until 1964.

 

1970 - Ford received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in May 1970 and Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is the only US president who was an Eagle Scout.

 

1973 - Nixon nominated Ford to fill the vice presidency left vacant by Agnew's resignation on the 12th of October. He criticized Nixon's stubborn court battle against releasing tape recordings of Watergate-related conversations for use as evidence.

 

1974 - The Watergate Scandal led to Nixon's resignation on August 9. Ford was sworn to office and became the 38th President without winning the national election. He was in office, 1974-77.

 

 2006 - Ford died on 26th of December at the age 93.

 

 


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