Gerald R. Ford
38th President of the United States

(1974 - 1977)
Vice President: Nelson Rockefeller

Gerald R. Ford, Jr., holds the reins of a pioneer wagon prior to participating in a neighborhood parade, while three unidentified cowboys stand nearby.

Susan, Mrs. Ford, and President Ford with Liberty and puppies.

President Ford and his dog Liberty walk the grounds of Camp David.

President and Mrs. Ford with their dog Liberty at the Camp David swimming

Ford Family

Ford family on the White House grounds. (l-r) Steve, Susan, Jack, Gayle, and Mike. September 6, 1976

Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) poses with two Boston Terriers. 1915.

Liberty on the South Lawn of the White House.

Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) sits on a donkey while his mother, Dorothy Gardner, steadies him.

President Ford relaxes with Liberty while working on a Sunday afternoon in the Oval Office. February 2, 1975.

Mrs. Ford taken in the White House Treaty Room.

Susan Ford with Shan, the Ford family's Siamese cat.

President: Gerald R. Ford

Wife: Elizabeth "Betty" Bloomer Warren (1918- ), on October 15, 1948

Kids: Michael Gerald Ford (1950- ); John Gardner Ford (1952- ); Steven Meigs Ford (1956- ); Susan Elizabeth Ford (1957- )

Pets: Liberty, a Golden retriever; Chan, a Siamese Cat

Bio: Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913-) was the 38th President of the United States. He was born Leslie Lynch King Jr., on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents divorced shortly after his birth, and his mother remarried Gerald R. Ford, who adopted Leslie. . They then renamed him Gerald R. Ford Jr. Although Ford excelled in athletics, mainly football, he also was an excellent student and graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in economics and political science in 1935. The Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers both courted Ford to join their teams but he declined, choosing instead to coach at Yale University. He then entered law school there and continued coaching, earning his law degree in 1941.

After passing the bar exam, Ford set up a law practice in Grand Rapids. But soon after WWII began, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he served as an athletic director in the South Pacific. Ford returned to Grand Rapids after 4 years in the military to continue his law career.

In 1948, he was elected to Congress where he focused on reducing federal spending on entitlement programs. He strove to be elected Speaker of the House, but instead was offered the vice presidency when Spiro Agnew stepped down in 1973. Ford served as vice president for only nine months, when he was thrust into the Presidency after Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal. In August 1974, Ford took the oath of office as president of the United States and granted a full pardon to Nixon, eliminating the criminal charges against him. Public outcry put Ford under the microscope.

In 1976, Ford ran for election but was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter. Ford remains in California where he lives with his wife, Betty.

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