Gerald was born on July 14, 1913 in Omaha , Nebraska . His biological father was Leslie Lynch King (1882-1941), Wool Merchant. His adoptive father was Gerald Rudolph Ford, Sr. His mother was Dorothy Ayer Gardner Ford (1892-1967). Gerald had no full siblings. From his father’s second marriage he had a half brother and two half sisters-Leslie H. “Bud” King, Mrs. Marjorie Warner and Patricia King. From his mother second marriage he had three half brothers-Thomas G. Ford, Richard A. Ford and James F. Ford.  

Ford married Elizabeth Anne Bloomer when he was 35 and she was 30 years of age on October 15, 1948, at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids , Michigan . He had three sons and a daughter-Michael Gerald Ford (1950- ), minister; John “jack” Gardner Ford (1952- ), journalist, public relations man; Steven Meigs Ford (1956- ), actor, - and Susan Elizabeth Ford (1957- ), photographer.  

He attended Madison elementary school for kindergarten, East Grand Rapids Elementary school for grades one through six, and South High School from seventh grade trough his senior year. In 1931 he entered the University of Michigan majoring in economics and Political science. He graduated in the top 25 percent of Michigan ’s class of 1935. Taking advantage of his sports outstanding background from college, he took a job as an assistant football coach at Yale University . He was accepted in a trial basis at Yale University in 1938 where he studied Law. He received his law degree in January 1941 and was admitted to the bar in June of the same year.  

Ford served in the Navy from April 1942 to February 1946, rising from ensign to lieutenant commander. He served as U.S. Representative from 1949 to 1973 and was the House Minority leader from 1965 to 1973 before he was appointed vice president by President Nixon after the resignation of vice president Agnew in October 1973.  

Gerald Ford was sworn in as president of the United States by chief justice Warren Burger in the East room of the White House after the resignation of President Nixon due to the Watergate scandal at 12:03 pm, August 9, 1974. His vice president was Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908-1979) who served as vice president from 1974 to 1977.  

Gerald Ford suffered two minor strokes before his 90th birthday. He had some health problems associated with old age. Ford died at age 93 of a heart attack December 26, 2006, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California .


Back to Presidents

Useful links: citizenship Test, The constitution, US President, Bill of Rights


web counter