American Presidents

Gerald R.Ford
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Did You Know?

• He was an assistant football coach at Yale, played football at the University of Michigan and turned down offers to play for the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
• He is the only president not to have been elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency.
• He issued Richard Nixon a presidential pardon in 1974.
• He declared amnesty to Vietnam War resisters.


Gerald R. Ford
(July 14, 1913 - December 26, 2006)

Life Facts

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• First Lady: Elizabeth Anne Ford, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Elizabeth Anne Bloomer
• Number of Children: 4
• Education Level: Graduate
• School Attended: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Yale University
• Religion: Episcopalian
• Profession: Military, Lawyer
• Military Service: Lieutenant Commander

Public Service:
• Dates of Presidency: 8/9/1974 - 1/20/1977
• Presidency Number: 38
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Defeated
• Party: Republican
• His Vice President(s): Nelson Rockefeller
• Vice President For: Richard M. Nixon (1973-1974)
• House of Representatives: Michigan (1949-1973)
• Other Offices: House Minority Leader
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: President Ford's Birthsite Gardens
Gravesite: Gerald R. Ford Museum
Library: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Gerald R. Ford Library - Ann Arbor, MI, 734-741-2218
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• Gerald R. Ford Life Portrait: From Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum - Grand Rapids, MI
 Guests included: James Cannon, author, Time and Chance: Gerald Ford’s Appointment with History; and Richard Norton Smith, director, Gerald Ford Museum Watch | Order Videotape
• Ford's 1974 swearing-in ceremony Watch

• Ford's first news conference (1974) Watch

 • 1992 C-SPAN interview with Ford Watch

• Ford's first address to Congress (1974) Watch

 • Ford's 1974 pardon of Nixon Watch

• Paul Laxalt and Ron Nessen on 1976 GOP convention Watch

 • Ford's 1976 acceptance speech (GOP convention) Watch

• 1976 campaign ad, "Feeling Good About America" Watch

 • Ford - Carter presidential debate Watch

• Ford's 1976 concession remarks Watch

 • Betty Ford on White House years Watch 

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