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Betty Ford

First Lady of the United States + 1974 To 1977
Female
Born Apr 8, 1918

Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford, better known as Betty Ford, was First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and created precedents as a politically active presidential wife.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1918 Birth She was born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer in 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, the third child and only daughter of Hortense (née Neahr; July 11, 1884 – November 20, 1948) and William Stephenson Bloomer, Sr. (July 19, 1874 – July 18, 1934), who was a traveling salesman for Royal Rubber Co. … Read More

TEENAGE

1929 11 Years Old After the 1929 stock market crash, when Bloomer was aged 11, she began to earn money by modeling clothes and teaching children popular dances, such as the foxtrot, waltz, and big apple. … Read More
1936 18 Years Old In 1936, after Bloomer graduated from high school, she proposed continuing her study of dance in New York City, but her mother refused. … Read More

TWENTIES

1942 24 Years Old In 1942, Elizabeth Bloomer married William G. Warren, who worked for his father in insurance sales, and whom she had known since she was 12. … Read More
1947 29 Years Old After he recovered, they were divorced on September 22, 1947, on the grounds of "excessive, repeated cruelty". … Read More

THIRTIES

1948 30 Years Old On October 15, 1948, Elizabeth married Gerald Ford, a lawyer and World War II veteran, at Grace Episcopal Church, in Grand Rapids. … Read More

FIFTIES

1973 55 Years Old The Fords moved to the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and lived there for twenty-five years. Gerald Ford rose to become the highest-ranking Republican in the House. After Spiro Agnew resigned as Vice President in 1973, President Richard Nixon appointed Gerald Ford to the position. He succeeded to the presidency in 1974, upon Nixon's resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal. … Read More
1975 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1975, in an interview with McCall's, Ford said that she was asked just about everything, except for how often she and the president had sex. "And if they'd asked me that I would have told them," she said, adding that her response would be, "As often as possible." … Read More
As she later said, during her husband's failed 1976 presidential campaign, "I would give my life to have Jerry have my poll numbers."
1977 59 Years Old 1 More Event
After leaving the White House in 1977, Ford continued to lead an active public life. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1981 63 Years Old In 1981, Eleanor Smeal, the National Organization for Women's president, announced Ford's appointment to be the co-chair, with Alan Alda, of the ERA Countdown Campaign. … Read More
1987 69 Years Old In 1987, Ford underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery and recovered without complications.
1991 73 Years Old In November 18, 1991, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H.W. Bush and a Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. … Read More
2003 85 Years Old On May 8, 2003, Ford received the Woodrow Wilson Award in Los Angeles for her public service, awarded by the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution.
2006 88 Years Old 1 More Event
Following her husband's death, Ford continued to live in Rancho Mirage. Poor health and increasing frailty due to operations in August 2006 and April 2007 for blood clots in her legs caused her to largely curtail her public life.
2007 89 Years Old Her ill health prevented her from attending Johnson's funeral in July 2007; her daughter Susan Ford represented her mother at the funeral service.
2011 93 Years Old Betty Ford died of natural causes on July 8, 2011, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, aged 93. Funeral services were held in Palm Desert, California, on July 12, 2011, with over 800 people in attendance, including former president George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton. … Read More
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