Gerald Rudolph Ford
38th President of the United States
(August 9, 1974 to January 20, 1977)
Born: July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska
Father: Leslie Lynch King
Mother: Dorothy Ayer Gardner King Ford
"Betty" Bloomer Warren (1918- ), on October 15, 1948
Children: Michael Gerald Ford (1950- ); John Gardner Ford
(1952- ); Steven Meigs Ford (1956- ); Susan Elizabeth Ford (1957- )
Education: Graduated from the University of Michigan (1935) and
Yale University Law School (1941)
Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
Presidential Salary: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1949-73
- Vice President, 1973-74 (under Nixon)
Presidential Election Results:
Vice President: Nelson
A. Rockefeller (1974-77)
- Secretary of State
A. Kissinger (1974-77)
- Secretary of the Treasury
E. Simon (1974-77)
- Secretary of Defense
R. Schlesinger (1974-75)
- Donald H.
- Attorney General
B. Saxbe (1974-75)
H. Levi (1975-77)
- Secretary of the Interior
C. B. Morton (1974-75)
- Stanley K. Hathaway (1975)
- Thomas S. Kleppe (1975-77)
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Earl L. Butz (1974-76)
- John A. Knebel (1976-77)
- Secretary of Commerce
- Frederick B. Dent (1974-75)
C. B. Morton (1975)
L. Richardson (1976-77)
- Secretary of Labor
- Peter J. Brennan (1974-75)
- John T. Dunlop (1975-76)
- W. J. Usery, Jr. (1976-77)
- Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
W. Weinberger (1974-75)
- F. David Mathews (1975-77)
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
T. Lynn (1974-75)
- Carla Anderson Hills
- Secretary of Transportation
- Claude S. Brinegar (1974-75)
T. Coleman, Jr. (1975-77)
Notable Events:Compiled by the White House.
Ford -- from The
Grolier Online has created this
resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana.
Contains a full biography, written by Robert J. Huckshorn of Florida Atlantic
University, author of State Party Leadership and co-author of The
Politics of Defeat, along with suggestions for further reading.
Ford -- from The
From the PBS series The American President, this biography covers his early
life, his presidency, and his legacy. Also includes quotations, links to other
websites, and lesson plans.
Rudolph Ford -- from DiscoverySchool.com
Complete biography powered by World Book Online.
Gerald R. Ford
Biography -- from Gerald R.
Ford Library and Museum
This six-part biography covers the time from his youth through his
Ford -- from Character
From a PBS broadcast of the same name, this essay excerpt by James
M. Cannon discusses some of the issues and events that molded Ford.
R. Ford -- from The
Presidents of the United States of America
on Taking the Oath of Office (1974)
on Signing a Proclamation Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon (1974)
4311, Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon (1974)
Gerald R. Ford Speeches (1974-present)
From the Vincent Voice
Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice
Other Internet Resources:
- From the 188th State of the Union address on January 19, 1976. (1:23)
R. Ford Image Gallery
Images of Ford from childhood through his presidency provided by the Gerald
R. Ford Presidential Library.
Details of Ford's inauguration. Ford never made an Inaugural Address.
Gerald R. Ford Library and
Located on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the
library's collection, museum exhibits, and tourist information are available.
Gerald Ford as
Brief history of the Ford administration from From
Revolution to Reconstruction.
Points of Interest:
Commission appointed to study the assassination of President John
- He was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
- Ford was the first president to have been an Eagle Scout.
- Ford was on the University of Michigan football team from 1931 to 1934. He
was offered tryouts by both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
- Both Ford and his wife, Betty, had been models before their marriage.
- When Ford proposed to to his wife, he was wearing one brown & one
- Running for Congress in 1948, Ford campaigned on his wedding day.
- Ford was one of the members of the
One night, Ford was locked out of the White House while walking his golden
retriever, Liberty. The Secret Service finally let him in.
Ford's daughter Susan held her senior prom at the White House.
He was the first president to release to the public a full report of his
Ford was the first president to visit Japan.
Ford was the only president whose two assassination attempts against him
were made by women.
Gerald Ford was the first president not elected by the people to become
president. He became vice president when Nixon's elected vice president, Spiro
T. Agnew, resigned. Then became president when Nixon
Ford was the first president to pardon a former president.