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Elizabeth Ann Ford (Bloomer)

Also Known As: "/Betty/"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Death: Died in Rancho Mirage, Riverside, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Stephenson Bloomer and Hortense Neahr
Wife of William Gustavus Warren and Gerald Ford, Jr., 38th President of the United States
Mother of Michael Gerald Ford; John Gardner Ford; Steven Meigs Ford and Susan Elizabeth Ford
Sister of William Stephenson Bloomer, Jr. and Robert K Bloomer

Occupation: First Lady
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About Betty Ford

Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford (April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011), better known as Betty Ford, was the wife of former United States President Gerald Ford and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977. As first lady, Ford was active in social policy and shattered precedents as a politically active presidential wife. In the opinion of several historians, Ford had more impact upon history and culture than her husband.

Throughout her husband's term in office, she maintained high approval ratings despite opposition from some conservative Republicans who objected to her more moderate and liberal positions on social issues. Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy and was a passionate supporter of, and activist for, the Equal Rights Amendment. Pro-choice on abortion and a leader in the Women's Movement, she gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every hot-button issue of the time, including feminism, equal pay, ERA, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control. She also raised awareness of addiction when she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism in the 1970s.

Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement. She is the founder, and served as the first chairwoman of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband, Gerald R. Ford, October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (alone, presented 1991, by George H.W. Bush).

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Betty Ford's Timeline

1918
April 8, 1918
Chicago, Illinois
1948
October 15, 1948
Age 30
Grand Rapids, MI
1950
March 14, 1950
Age 31
1952
March 16, 1952
Age 33
1956
May 19, 1956
Age 38
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
1957
July 6, 1957
Age 39
District of Columbia, United States
2011
July 8, 2011
Age 93
Rancho Mirage, Riverside, California, United States
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