Gerald Ford was the 38th president of the United States. He is the first person to serve as vice president and president without having been elected to either office. He served as president at a time when the nation was reeling from the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, but lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter in his campaign to win the presidency in 1976.
July 14, 1913 Gerald Ford is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Gerald Ford is born of Dorothy Ayer Gardner King in Omaha, Nebraska. Her first name at birth is Leslie Lynch King, but her name changes when her mother remarries Gerald R. Ford, who adopts the young Leslie.
1932 Ford plays soccer for the national champion of the University of Michigan (fall of 1932).
A star athlete, Ford plays center and linebacker for the Wolverines football team at the University of Michigan. The team wins national championships in 1932 and 1933.
September 1935 Ford accepts a job as a soccer and boxing coach at Yale University.
While attending law school at Yale, Ford also helps train the college’s boxing and soccer teams. He had already rejected the contract offers of the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions to play professional football in the NFL.
April 13, 1942 Ford joins the Navy.
Ford’s law career is interrupted by World War II. Joins the US Navy UU And he reaches the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was honorably discharged in February 1946.
October 15, 1948 Ford marries Betty Bloomer.
Fashion coordinator and dance teacher Betty Bloomer marries Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They will remain married for 58 years, until Ford’s death in 2006.
November 2, 1948 Ford is elected to the House of Representatives of the United States.
Ford is elected to the United States House of Representatives, which represents his district of origin in Michigan. Voters will re-elect the Republican congressman 12 times.
November 1963 Ford is appointed to the Warren Commission.
President Lyndon Johnson appoints Ford to the Warren Commission, charged with investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ford secretly kept the FBI informed of the activities of the Warren Commission.
4 of January of 1965 Ford is selected like leader of the minority of the Camera.
Ford is selected as the minority leader of the House when the 89th Congress opens. He will hold that position until he resigns his post in Congress to become vice president.
December 6, 1973 After the resignation of Spiro Agnes, Ford becomes vice president of the United States.
Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns October 10, 1973 due to the evasion of income tax that dates back to his days as governor of Maryland. President Richard Nixon nominates Ford as a replacement for Agnew and Ford takes office on December 6. Within a year, Nixon will resign due to his role in the Watergate scandal.
August 9, 1974 Ford becomes president of the United States.
After the resignation of President Richard Nixon, Ford becomes the new president of the United States. He is the only person who becomes president without being elected to the vice presidency or the president.
September 8, 1974 Ford forgives Nixon.
Ford uses his presidential authority to forgive Richard Nixon for any crime he committed in the Watergate scandal. Ford addressed the nation and said he felt it was important for the country to move forward instead of seeing his former president dragged along by legal procedures.
September 5, 1975 Squeaky Fromme attempts to assassinate Ford in California.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a supporter of serial killer Charles Manson, fails in her attempt to shoot and kill Ford while walking to the Capitol building in Sacramento, California. A Secret Service agent managed to grab the gun and put the net of his hand in the firing mechanism of the gun, preventing it from firing.
September 22, 1975 Ford survives a second assassination attempt in California.
Sara Jane Moore fires a gun at Ford when she leaves the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. However, her shot fails and she ignores Ford’s head after an ex-sailor sees her and throws herself at her, altering her goal.
November 2, 1976 Jimmy Carter defeats Ford in the presidential election.
Ford loses a close election to Jimmy Carter. When Carter takes office in January 1977, Ford’s career in politics comes to an end.
December 26, 2006 Ford dies in Rancho Mirage, California.
Ford dies at the age of 93, living longer than any other president. He is buried in a tomb at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.