Gerald Rudolf Ford, Jr, 1913 - 2006
Official presidential portrait by David Hume Kennerly, 1974
Born: 14 July 1913, Omaha, Nebraska
Died: 26 December 2006, Rancho Mirage, California
The man we know as Gerald Ford was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr at Omaha, Nebraska on this day in 1913. , Ford's mother left an abusive relationship just two weeks after the birth and lived with family for several years. After marrying Gerald Rudolff Ford, they renamed the boy although he was not adopted and didn't legally take the name until 1935. Ford was active in the Boy Scouts of America and was the only US president to have been an Eagle Scout. Ford earned his BA at the University of Michigan where he was also a football star, earned a law degree at Yale while coaching boxing, football, and cheerleading there. He practice law very briefly before enlisting in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He first served as a teacher and coach, then was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Monterey from it's launch until it was damaged in a typhoon. Returning to Grand Rapids, Michigan after the war, he married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren (Betty) and soon unseated the incumbent congressman, serving in the House for 25 years, eight of them as Minority Leader. When Vice President Spiro Agnew was forced to resign, Richard Nixon nominated Ford to the position, then Ford became the 38th President when Nixon resigned. He wasn't involved in Watergate and he didn't get us into Vietnam, but he was at the helm when both of those misadventures came to an end. His pardon of Nixon was unpopular with many, but it put an end to the daily barrage of scandal.
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- A coalition of groups ... is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. ... an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat [for him]. permalink
- A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. permalink
- 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. permalink
- All of us who served in one war or another know very well that all wars are the glory and the agony of the young. permalink
- An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history; conviction results from whatever offense or offenses two-thirds of the other body considers to be sufficiently serious to require removal of the accused from office. permalink
- As I rejected amnesty, so I reject revenge. I ask all Americans who ever asked for goodness and mercy in their lives, who ever sought forgiveness for their trespasses, to join in rehabilitating all the casualties of the tragic conflict of the past. permalink
- Government exists to create and preserve conditions in which people can translate their ideas into practical reality. In the best of times, much is lost in translation. But we try. permalink
- History and experience tells us that moral progress cannot come in comfortable and in complacent times, but out of trial and out of confusion. permalink
- I am a Ford, not a Lincoln. My addresses will never be as eloquent as Mr. Lincoln's. But I will do my very best to equal his brevity and his plain speaking. permalink
to Congress after his confirmation as VP (6 December 1973)
- I am a little late getting around to it, but confession is good for the soul. I have sometimes voted to spend more taxpayer's money for worthy Federal projects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while I vigorously opposed wasteful spending boondoggles in Oklahoma. permalink
- I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots, so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers. permalink
- I believe in friendly compromise. I said over in the Senate hearings that truth is the glue that holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go. permalink
remarks before the House Judiciary Committee (15 November 1973)
- I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our Government but civilization itself. permalink
- I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am. permalink
- I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today. permalink
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