- 1. Gerald Ford
- His father was a drunk who began beating his mother almost immediately after they were married, and they were quickly divorced. When she later remarried a salesman named Gerald Ford, the future President took his stepfather's name, and became Gerald Ford, Jr.
- 1949 he was elected to Congress. As a somewhat progressive Republican, he was re-elected 12 times, never getting less than 60% of the vote
- Became par of the Republican leadership in Congress in the mid-1960s, Ford fought against President Lyndon B Johnson’s social welfare legislation and opposed the gradual escalation of American military involvement in Vietnam. In late 1973, Ford was named to replace scandal-plagued Vice President Spiro Agnew. He was later elected in 1974
- He took office on December 6, 1973. When Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, Ford became the first individual to be President who was not elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency.
- In 1974, President Ford also offered clemency to those who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War if they would swear allegiance and perform two years of public service.
- It was considered controversial when President Ford's wife Betty described the US Supreme Court's controversial 1973Roe v Waderuling, which legalized abortion, as a "great, great decision". Further outrage ensued when their son Jack, then 23, publicly admitted he had smoked marijuana.
- Gerald Ford ran for reelection and lost to Jimmy Carter
- Gerald Ford retired to Rancho Mirage, California
- He became a public speaker for Universities, and also did private lectures
- Ford also wrote a number of novels
- All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future.Gerald R. Ford For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas.Gerald R. Ford
- My guess is that over the last 12 months of his life well in excess of $100,000 was spent on his health care. And that money probably extended his life by three months at most. Now for all we know they may have been the most wonderful three months ever for him and his family, but I’m inclined to think that if he’d died in the summer, his family would have been equally fine with it, and the nation wouldn’t have felt any differently about him. But the cost of extending life an extra year in this type of case is probably around $400,000.
- Died:December 26, 2006, in Rancho Mirage, California
- Buried:Grand Rapids, Michigan