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Gerald Ford

38th US President Gerald Ford

Full Name: Gerald Rudolph
Profession: 38th US President

United States of America

Political Party: Republican Republican Party
Political Titles: Vice President, United States House of Representatives Minority Leader, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 5th District

Presidential Term: August 9, 1974 - January 20, 1977
Preceded By: Richard Nixon
Succeeded By: Jimmy Carter

Biography: Ford was selected by Richard Nixon to serve as Vice President, following the resignation of Spiro Agnew. Following the resignation of Nixon after the Watergate scandal, Ford became President, thus becoming the first person to serve in those offices without being elected to them.

Ford's presidency was the shortest of all who did not die in office. His most controversial act was to pardon Richard Nixon for all crimes he may have committed as president; this caused a nationwide uproar and contributed significantly to his loss in the 1976 election, as well as his assertion during a debate that "there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe."

Ford lived longer than any other President, at 93 years.

Born: July 14, 1913
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: December 26, 2006 (aged 93)
Cause of Death: Cerebrovascular disease

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Married Life

  • 1948-10-15 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids

Historical Events

  • 1948-09-14 Gerald Ford upsets Representative Bartel J Jonkman in Michigan 5th Dist Republican primary
  • 1973-10-12 US President Richard Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President
  • 1973-11-27 US Senate votes 92-3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President
  • 1973-12-06 Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations
  • 1974-08-09 Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States and Vice President Gerald Ford swears the oath of office to take his place as the 38th US President
  • 1974-08-20 Nelson Rockefeller is selected as US Vice President by President Gerald Ford
  • 1974-09-02 US President Gerald Ford signs Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • 1974-09-08 US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes
  • 1974-09-16 US President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for US Vietnam War deserters
  • 1974-11-24 Gerald Ford and Leonid Brezhnev agree to a framework for the SALT-II treaty to reduce each side's number of nuclear weapons, at the Vladivostok Summit
  • 1975-05-07 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"
  • 1975-07-08 US President Gerald Ford announced he'll seek Republican presidential nomination
  • 1975-09-05 First assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme in Sacramento, California
  • 1975-09-22 Second assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Sara Jane Moore fails in San Francisco
  • 1975-10-14 US President Gerald Ford escapes injury when his limousine is struck broadside
  • 1975-11-29 US President Gerald Ford requires states to provide free education for handicapped
  • 1975-12-01 US President Gerald Ford visits People's Republic of China
  • 1975-12-09 US President Gerald Ford signs $2.3 Bn loan authorization for NYC
  • 1975-12-12 Sara Jane Moore pleds guilty to trying to kill US President Gerald Ford
  • 1975-12-22 US President Gerald Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)
  • 1976-01-15 Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot US President Gerald Ford
  • 1976-08-19 President Gerald Ford wins Republican presidential nomination at KC convention
  • 1976-09-23 US televised presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter
  • 1976-10-06 US President Gerald Ford says there is "no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe"
  • 1976-10-19 US President Gerald Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • 1976-11-02 Democrat candidate Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford; Walter Mondale elected vice president
  • 1981-10-08 US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral
  • 1987-12-23 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison

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