|A Chronology of Gerald Rudolph Ford's
Life and Career
Ford had been elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives 13 straight times before being chosen by President
Richard Nixon to replace Spiro
Agnew, who had resigned the
vice-presidency while under criminal investigation for
graft, as Vice-President. He was subsequently elevated to
the presidency upon the resignation of Nixon, who was
facing almost certain impeachment because of his alleged
role in the Watergate political
|July 14, 1913
||Born in Omaha, Nebraska.
||Achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy
Scouts of America.
||Graduated from the University of Michigan.
While a student, he was also a
member of the university's undefeated football teams of 1932 and 1933.
||Worked as assistant football coach and boxing
coach at Yale
||Was a partner in a New York City modeling
||Received his law degree from Yale University.
||Admitted to the Michigan bar and opened a law
office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
||Served in the U.S. Navy during World
|October 15, 1948
||Married Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer.
||Elected to the first of 13 successive terms
in the U.S. House of Representatives.
||Became House Minority Leader.
|December 6, 1973
||Became Vice-President of the United States.
||Succeeded to the presidency.
||Lost presidential election to James E.
||Toured the Middle
East for two weeks.
|February 10, 1979
||Susan Ford, his only daughter, married Secret
Service agent Charles F. Vance in Palm Desert,
|April 22, 1979
||Welcomed his first grandchild, Sarah Joyce
Ford, daughter of oldest son Michael and his wife
||Published A Time to Heal, a
memoir of his days in the White House.
||Laid the cornerstone of the Gerald Ford
Presidential Library at the University of
||Made a four-state speaking tour.
|December 26, 2006
||Died in Rancho Mirage, California.
Gerald Ford was born Leslie Lynch King,
Jr. His parents divorced soon after his birth. His mother
subsequently married Gerald R. Ford, who adopted the
youngster; his name was legally changed on December 3,
Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum www.ford.utexas.edu
James E. Carter,
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