Gerald Ford

Born Jul 14, 1913

Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974.

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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.


1930 16 Years Old Ford attended Grand Rapids South High School, where he 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 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.


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 - 1940 2 More Events
Ford graduated from law school in 1941 and was admitted to the Michigan bar shortly thereafter.
1942 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He received a commission as ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve on April 13, 1942. … Read More
After 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.


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, Ford 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


1963 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 29, 1963, Democratic 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, 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 In 1966, criticism over the Johnson Administration's handling of the Vietnam War began to grow, with Ford and Congressional Republicans expressing concern that the United States was not doing what was necessary to win the war. … Read More
1968 55 Years Old After President Nixon was elected in November 1968, Ford's role shifted to being an advocate for the White House agenda. … Read More


…  Prior to this he was the 40th Vice President of the United States, serving from 1973 until President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.
Becoming president upon Richard Nixon's departure on August 9, 1974, he claimed the distinction as the first and to date the only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected to either office. … Read More
The federal budget ran a deficit every year Ford was President. Despite his reservations about how the program ultimately would be funded in an era of tight public budgeting, Ford signed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, which established special education throughout the United States. … Read More
In the GOP presidential primary campaign of 1976, Ford defeated then-former California Governor Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. … Read More
After Ford left the White House in January 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
1980 - 2004 13 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.
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