Gerald R. Ford
Childhood 
  1913-1914
  1915
  1916-1919
  1920-1923
  1924-1927
High School
University of Michigan
Yale University
World War II
Gerald Ford's Homes

Betty Bloomer Ford
Bloomer Family

Childhood & Youth
  1921-1937
  1938-1945

Gerald & Betty Ford
Wedding
Campaign for Congress
Congressional Years
  1950-1953
  1956-1958
  1959-1960
  1961-1962
  1964-1967
  1968-1971
  1972
Vice President

White House photos

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Gerald Ford Historical Photographs, 1913 -1914
(with some earlier photographs of his father and mother)

President Gerald R. Ford was the son of Leslie Lynch King and his wife Dorothy Ayer Gardner, who divorced soon after the birth of their only child. Their son was known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr., until his mother married Gerald R. Ford, Sr. in 1916, after which he went by the name Gerald R. Ford, Jr.

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Dorothy Ayer Gardner. ca. 1899
H0005-4. Dorothy Ayer Gardner. ca. 1899

H0067-8. Leslie Lynch King, Sr. ca. 1900
H0067-8. Leslie Lynch King, Sr. ca. 1900

H0022-2. Dorothy Ayer Gardner. 1910.
H0022-2. Dorothy Ayer Gardner. 1910.
H0004-1. Dorothy Ayer Gardner. 1912
H0004-1. Dorothy Ayer Gardner. 1912.
H0003-1. Dorothy Ayer Gardner King poses in her wedding dress. September 7, 1912.
H0003-1. Dorothy Ayer Gardner King poses in her wedding dress. September 7, 1912.
H0040-4. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) in baptismal gown. 1914.

H0040-4. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) in baptismal gown. 1914.
H0003-3 and H0004-2 (H0003-3 provides better reproduction). Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) and Dorothy Ayer Gardner King on his baptism day. 1914.
H0003-3 and H0004-2 (H0003-3 provides better reproduction). Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) and Dorothy Ayer Gardner King on his baptism day. 1914.
H0040-1. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.). 1914.
H0040-1. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.). 1914.
H0005-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.). 1914.
H0005-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.). 1914.
H0025-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) plays on the front walk of his home in Grand Rapids. 1914.
H0025-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) plays on the front walk of his home in Grand Rapids. 1914.
H0028-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) is held by his great grandmother Amy Gridley Butler Ayer while his cousins Gardner and Adele James and an unidentified girl flank them. The photograph may have been taken in Harvard, Illinois. 1913.
H0028-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) is held by his great grandmother Amy Gridley Butler Ayer while his cousins Gardner and Adele James and an unidentified girl flank them. The photograph may have been taken in Harvard, Illinois. April 1914.
H0003-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.). June 1914.
H0003-2. Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (then known as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.). June 1914.

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