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President Gerald Rudolph Ford (King), Jr.

Also Known As: "Leslie Lynch King", "Gerald Ford", "Gerald Rudolph /Ford/", "Gerald Rudolf /Ford/", "Jr.", "Jerry"
Birthplace: Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
Death: December 26, 2006 (93)
Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Biological son of Leslie Lynch King, Sr. and Dorothy Gardner
Foster son of Gerald Rudolff Ford, Sr.
Husband of Betty Ford
Father of Michael Gerald Ford; John Gardner Ford; Steven Meigs Ford and Susan Elizabeth Bales
Brother of Richard Addison Ford; Dr. James Francis Ford and Thomas Gardner Ford
Half brother of Marjorie B. King; Leslie "Bud" Henry King and Private

Occupation: 38th President of The United States, 38th President of the United States of America, President of the United States
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States

NOTE: 38th United States President. Gerald was born Leslie King, Jr. Although never formally adopted, he changed his name legally to be that of his step-father in 1935.

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977, following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Prior to this he served eight months as the 40th Vice President of the United States, following the resignation of Spiro Agnew. He was the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, and consequently the only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected to executive office. Before his appointment to the vice presidency, Ford served 25 years as U.S. Representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district, the final nine of them as the House Minority Leader.

As President, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam 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. One of his most controversial acts was to grant a presidential pardon to President 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 Republican presidential primary campaign of 1976, Ford defeated former California Governor Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. He narrowly lost the presidential election to the Democratic challenger, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, making him the first President who succeeded to office as a result of a mid-term vacancy since Chester A. Arthur not to be elected in his own right.

Following his years as President, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. After experiencing health problems, he died at home on December 26, 2006. Ford lived longer than any other U.S. president – 93 years and 165 days – while his 895-day presidency was the shortest of all presidents who did not die in office.


President Gerald Ford 1974–1977

Vice President Nelson Rockefeller 1974–1977


State Henry Kissinger 1974–1977

Treasury William E. Simon 1974–1977

Defense James R. Schlesinger 1974–1975

 Donald Rumsfeld 1975–1977 

Justice William Saxbe 1974–1975

 Edward Levi 1975–1977 

Interior Rogers Morton 1974–1975

 Stanley K. Hathaway 1975 
 Thomas S. Kleppe 1975–1977 

Agriculture Earl Butz 1974–1976

 John Albert Knebel 1976–1977 

Commerce Frederick B. Dent 1974–1975

 Rogers Morton 1975 
 Elliot Richardson 1975–1977 

Labor Peter J. Brennan 1974–1975

 John Thomas Dunlop 1975–1976 
 William Usery, Jr. 1976–1977 

HEW Caspar Weinberger 1974–1975

 F. David Mathews 1975–1977 

HUD James Thomas Lynn 1974–1975

 Carla Anderson Hills 1975–1977 

Transportation Claude Brinegar 1974–1975

 William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. 1975–1977 

Other cabinet-level posts:

White House Chief of Staff

Donald Rumsfeld (1974–1975)

Dick Cheney (1975–1977)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Roy Ash (1974–1975)

James T. Lynn (1975–1977)

United States Trade Representative

William D. Eberle (1974–1975)

Frederick B. Dent (1975–1977)

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Russell E. Train (1974–1977)

United States Ambassador to the United Nations

John A. Scali (1974–1975)

Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1975–1976)

William Scranton (1976–1977)

Other important posts:

United States National Security Advisor

Henry Kissinger (1974–1975)

Brent Scowcroft (1975–1977)

Director of Central Intelligence

William E. Colby (1974–1976)

George H. W. Bush (1976–1977)


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

July 14, 1913
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
Age 6
Grand Rapids Ward 3, Kent, Michigan
- 1932
Age 14
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
- 1935
Age 18
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
- 1937
Age 23
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
- 1941
Age 24
United States
April 20, 1942
- February 23, 1943
Age 28
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
March 14, 1950