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Gerald Ford

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Born Jul 14, 1913

Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and prior to this the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. He was the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, after Spiro Agnew had resigned.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

Dorothy and King divorced in December 1913; she gained full custody of her son. … Read More
1916 2 Years Old After two and a half years with her parents, on February 1, 1916, Dorothy married Gerald Rudolff Ford, a salesman in a family-owned paint and varnish company.

TEENAGE

1930 16 Years Old Ford attended Grand Rapids South High School and was a star athlete and captain of his football team. In 1930, he was selected to the All-City team of the Grand Rapids City League. … Read More
1932 18 Years Old Attending the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, Ford played center, linebacker and long snapper for the school's football team and helped the Wolverines to undefeated seasons and national titles in 1932 and 1933.

TWENTIES

The team suffered a steep decline in his 1934 senior year, however, winning only one game. … Read More
As part of the 1935 Collegiate All-Star football team, Ford played against the Chicago Bears in the Chicago College All-Star Game at Soldier Field. … Read More
1937 - 1942 6 More Events
Applying for sea duty, Ford was sent in May 1943 to the pre-commissioning detachment for the new aircraft carrier, at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

THIRTIES

1944 30 Years Old …  On December 24, 1944, at Ulithi, Ford was detached from the ship and sent to the Navy Pre-Flight School at Saint Mary's College of California, where he was assigned to the Athletic Department until April 1945. … Read More
1945 31 Years Old 1 More Event
From the end of April 1945 to January 1946, he was on the staff of the Naval Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois as the Staff Physical and Military Training Officer.
In January 1946, he was sent to the Separation Center, Great Lakes to be processed out.
1948 34 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 15, 1948, at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren (1918–2011), a department store fashion consultant. … Read More

FIFTIES

In November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Ford to the Warren Commission, a special task force set up to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. … Read More
1964 51 Years Old In 1964, Democratic President Lyndon Johnson led a landslide victory for his party, securing another term as president and taking 36 seats from Republicans in the House of Representatives. … Read More
1966 53 Years Old Criticism over the Johnson Administration's handling of the Vietnam War began to grow in 1966, with Ford and Congressional Republicans expressing concern that the United States was not doing what was necessary to win the war. … Read More
1972 59 Years Old …  Ford's brief tenure as Vice-President was little noted by the media as reporters were preoccupied by the continuing revelations about the Watergate scandal—a political scandal resulting from the discovery of a series of crimes committed during the 1972 presidential election and allegations of cover-ups by the White House.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1973 60 Years Old On October 10, 1973, Vice President Agnew resigned and then pleaded no contest to criminal charges of tax evasion and money laundering, part of a negotiated resolution to a scheme in which he accepted $29,500 in bribes while governor of Maryland.
…  When he became president upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the first and to date only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected by the Electoral College. … Read More
President Thieu resigned on April 21, 1975, publicly blaming the lack of support from the United States for the fall of his country. … Read More
In 1976, Ford defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but he narrowly lost the presidential election to Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter.
After Ford left the White House in 1977, the former President privately justified his pardon of Nixon by carrying in his wallet a portion of the text of Burdick v. United States, a 1915 U.S. Supreme Court decision which stated that a pardon indicated a presumption of guilt, and that acceptance of a pardon was tantamount to a confession of that guilt. … Read More
1979 66 Years Old In 1979, Ford published his autobiography, A Time to Heal (Harper/Reader's Digest, 454 pages). … Read More
Ford considered a run for the Republican nomination in 1980, foregoing numerous opportunities to serve on corporate boards to keep his options open for a rematch with Carter. … Read More
1981 - 2004 11 More Events
In January 2006, he spent 11 days at the Eisenhower Medical Center near his residence at Rancho Mirage, California, for treatment of pneumonia. … Read More
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