Gerald Rudolff Ford
Gerald Rudolff Ford
Gerald Rudolff Ford was a Grand Rapids businessman and Republican politician who was the stepfather of U.S. President Gerald Ford and for whom Ford legally changed his name. Ford was born and died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he raised the future President. The senior Ford's father George Ford died in a train accident in 1903 forcing him to drop out of school to support the family.
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Laughter known for high-profile golf fund-raiser - Dayton Daily News
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Former President Gerald Ford played here, as did football great Otto Graham, football coach Ara Parseghian, basketball coach Bob Knight and singers Glen Campbell, Andy Williams, Bobby Goldsboro and Charley Pride. Baseball's Johnny Bench added his name
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Army Reaches Agreement With Armed Forces Bowl - Army Black Knights Official Athletic Site
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Army claimed the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl championship with a 16-14 victory over SMU at Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas. A return trip to the event would be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The site of the game since
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Mementos gathered by first couple head to museum exhibits - The Desert Sun
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Rancho Mirage — In their post-White House years, President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford were meticulous about preserving everything from schoolchildren's correspondence to gifts from heads of state. It's an effort that the Fords' four
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Morning Minutes: Sept. 5 - Norwich Bulletin
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Meanwhile, the occupation expected to add more positions over this period than any other is registered nurses (581500).- Census.gov Sept. 5, 1975: Sacramento, Calif.: Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempts to assassinate President Gerald Ford
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Ford pardons 'Tricky Dick' Nixon - Appeal-Democrat
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8) in 1974, President Gerald Ford, who had become president of the United States in August upon the resignation of Richard Nixon, announced to the country that he had granted "a full, free and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon" for all offenses Nixon
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'Fix on I-196' named one of nation's top 10 transportation projects - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
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By Troy Reimink | The Grand Rapids Press Press file photoThe eight-month-long reconstruction of a two-mile stretch of the Gerald Ford Freeway was completed in November. Mentioning last year's eight-month-long reconstruction of the Gerald R. Ford
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Leaving Regrets To Others, Cheney Speaks
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IN MY TIME A Personal and Political Memoir By Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney Illustrated. 565 pages. Threshold Editions. $35. In an interview on NBC's ''Dateline,'' former Vice President Dick Cheneysays that his new book, ''In My Time,'' will have ''heads exploding all over Washington.'' Whatever readers think of Mr. Cheney's politics, their heads are
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Fight for feminism: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum hosts biographer of ... - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
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“While they lived together, one was campaigning for (Gerald ) Ford and one for (Jimmy) Carter, but their support for ERA transcended their political differences.” Fitzgerald said her talk in Grand Rapids, “Elly Peterson: Fighting for Ford and Feminism
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; All My Old Haunts
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Belgrade Lakes, Me. For someone who does not believe in ghosts, I've encountered more than my fair share of them over the years in my parents' house in the Philadelphia suburbs. The first day I set foot in the place, I saw, or imagined I saw, an unseemly blue mist drift through the dark basement. Just a few months ago, one of my mother's neighbors,
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; Chris Christie's Cue
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This has been a clarifying week for the 2012 election. Thursday's Republican debate reminded everyone why Mitt Romney is the front-runner, as his rivals left the former Massachusetts governor more or less untouched. Saturday's Ames straw poll disposed of Tim Pawlenty, who not so long ago seemed positioned to give Romney a real challenge. Instead,
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Look to 1975 for answers to today's economic mess - Sun-Sentinel
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At the beginning of his short presidency, which began with Richard Nixon's resignation 37 years ago this coming week, Gerald Ford faced the stimulus versus tax cuts debate. (For more on the Ford era, see Sunday's Outlook op-ed and interviews by
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At state funeral, 38th president remembered for decency, leadership - Lansing State Journal
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Nixon McMillan of Grace Episcopal Church • For more about Gerald Ford, including photo galleries, video and other special reports, go to www.lsj.com. WASHINGTON - Former President Gerald Ford was memorialized Tuesday as an uncommon man whose honor and
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Looking back at Gerald Ford, and learning lessons that could help a polarized ... - Sun-Sentinel
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Amid our bleak mood and the cantankerous debate over the debt ceiling came news that Betty Ford, a grand first lady and the wife of the late President Gerald Ford, had died at age 93. I checked and learned that President Ford was also 93 when he passed
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President Ford laid to rest in hometown - Lansing State Journal
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Mourning family: Former first lady Betty Ford, 88, kisses the flag that draped former President Gerald Ford's casket Wednesday after interment ceremonies at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. / DAVID HUME KENNERLY/Associated Press
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Q&A with Anita McBride: Remembering Betty Ford - AnnArbor.com
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Former First Lady Betty Ford, married to President Gerald Ford for 58 years, is once again beside her husband. She was laid to rest at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids Thursday, on what would have been the president's 98th birthday, ... -
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gerald Rudolff Ford
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 71
    Died on January 26, 1962.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1944
    Age 53
    The elder Ford was active on various functions including the formation of the Youth Commonwealth to help disadvantaged youth. He was director of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Kent County, Michigan Republican Committee from 1944 until 1948 when he stepped down after the future President began his first run for Congress.
    More Details Hide Details The elder Ford was active with his four sons in the Boy Scouts of America. The future President would be the first Eagle Scout to become Vice President or President. The President was to say later that the award was one of his proudest accomplishments. The President was to write later: The couple is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids.
  • FORTIES
  • 1935
    Age 44
    The elder Ford never legally adopted the President. The President changed his name in 1935 after the deaths of his paternal King family grandparents to an Americanized version of his stepfather's name Gerald Rudolph Ford.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1929
    Age 38
    Leslie's father Charles King had been paying child support for Ford until 1929 when the stock market crash wiped out his fortune.
    More Details Hide Details After Leslie's father died, Dorothy sought an order to get money from the $50,000 Leslie had inherited. However, since Leslie had moved to Wyoming he was out of the jurisdiction of the Nebraska court.
    The future President was enrolled in the Grand Rapids school system under the name of his stepfather. When the President's birth father Leslie Lynch King reappeared in 1929 (or 1930 depending on accounts), he stopped at schools searching for a "Leslie King" before finding him at Grand Rapids South High School after asking for a "Junior Ford."
    More Details Hide Details The future President turned down an offer from his biological father to move with him to Wyoming.
    The elder Ford founded the Ford Paint and Varnish Company in 1929 just before the Great Depression.
    More Details Hide Details After the Depression hit, Ford asked his employees to work for $5/week and likewise paid himself the same salary until all could be paid more.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1903
    Age 12
    The senior Ford's father George Ford died in a train accident in 1903 forcing him to drop out of school to support the family. He was working as a paint salesman at the Grand Rapids Wood Finishing Company when he met the future President's mother Dorothy Ayer Gardner King. Dorothy had fled to Michigan from Omaha, Nebraska in 1913, 16 days after the President's birth, claiming that her husband (and her son's birth father), Leslie Lynch King, Sr., had physically abused her. She came to Grand Rapids to be near her parents, Levi Addison Gardner and Adele Augusta Ayer Gardner, who lived in the town. The couple married on February 1, 1917 following Dorothy's divorce from King when the future President was three and began calling Dorothy's first son "Gerald."
    More Details Hide Details Gerald Rudolff Ford and Dorothy Ford bore three children - Thomas Gardner Ford (July 15, 1918 - August 28, 1995); Richard Addison Ford (born June 3, 1924); and James Francis Ford (August 11, 1927 - January 23, 2001). The President was to write later that in the household there were three rules for him and his half siblings: "tell the truth, work hard and come to dinner on time."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1890
    Born
    Born on December 9, 1890.
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