President Gerald R. Ford

By | Jul 14, 2009

Ford was the only President that was not elected by the people of the United States. When Richard Nixon’s Vice-President Spiro Agnew was forced to resign, Richard Nixon selected him to become the first appointed Vice-President as defined by the 25th Amendment of the Constitution. When Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974 he became the 38th President.

Ford was born Leslie Lynch King on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents divorced when he was just 2 years old. His mother moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he grew up. After his mother remarried, he was adopted and renamed after his stepfather, Gerald Rudolph Ford. Ford was an 13 term congressman from Grand Rapids.

Ford became the only President to pardon a former President when he pardon Richard Nixon in September 1974. Many believe it was because of this pardon that he lost the election to Jimmy Carter in 1976. History has shown that it was the correct decision.

Ford was the target of assassination attempts in twice in September of 1975. On September 5, 1975 in Sacramento, California, a follower of Charles Manson, Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme drew a .45 caliber pistol on Ford. Although there were four cartridges in the gun’s magazine, none was in the firing chamber. On September 22, 1975 in San Francisco, California Sara Jane Moore fired a revolver at Ford from 40 feet away. A bystander, Oliver Sipple grabbed Moore’s arm and the shot missed.

Ford was a member of the Warren Commission. The Commission official name was The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, and took its unofficial name from the chairman Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

Ford lived longer than any President. On November 12, 2006 he passed Ronald Reagan. When he died on December 26, 2006 he had lived for 93 years 165 days.


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