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Gerald Ford baby photo


July 14, 1913, Omaha, Nebraska. Moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1914.

Gerald Ford funeral photo


December 26, 2006, Rancho Mirage, California

Gerald Ford high school photo

High School

Grand Rapids South High School, Class of 1931. Member of National Honor Society, Varsity Letter Club, Glee Club, Student Council, Latin Club, and Hi-Y (High School YMCA). Participated in football, basketball, and track. Earned All-City and All-State honors in football.

Gerald Ford park ranger photo

Summer and Miscellaneous Jobs

Filled and cleaned paint cans in family paint business; mowed lawns; handled concessions at an amusement park; washed dishes and grilled hamburgers in a restaurant; Park Ranger, Yellowstone National Park; washed dishes in college fraternity house; model.

Gerald Ford college photo


B.A., University of Michigan, Class of 1935. Majored in economics and political science. Member of Michagamua (senior men's honor society), Sphinx (junior men's honor society), Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Interfraternity Council, and Student Council. Played center and linebacker on U-M football team. Started at center and named team MVP in senior year. Played in East-West College All-Star game and Chicago Tribune College All-Star game. Did not earn All-America honors as popularly believed. Received contract offers from the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions (which Ford turned down in favor of law school).

Gerald Ford law school photo

Law School

LL.B., Yale University Law School, Class of 1941. Member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and worked as assistant football coach and freshman boxing coach.

Gerald Ford military service photo

Military Service

During the attack on Pearl Harbor Gerald Ford lived in Grand Rapids and practiced law. He joined the US Navy in 1942 and remained on active duty until 1946. Ford served aboard the USS Monterey and was discharged with the rank of Lt. Commander. He received the following medals and awards: the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-American Campaign Medal with one silver star and four bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars. Ford remained in the Naval Reserves until 1963.

Gerald Ford wedding photo


Married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren (b. April 8, 1918) on October 15, 1948.

Ford family photo


Michael Gerald (b. March 14, 1950)
John (Jack) Gardner (b. March 16, 1952)
Steven Meigs (b. May 19, 1956)
Susan Elizabeth (b. July 6, 1957)

Gerald Ford congressional photo


Served Grand Rapids and Kent County in United States House of Representatives, 1949-1973. House Minority Leader, 1965-1973.

Vice President Ford photo

Vice President

Succeeded Spiro Agnew as Richard Nixon's vice president following Agnew's resignation. Confirmed on December 6, 1973.

President Ford photo


Sworn-in as president (at the age of 61 years, 26 days) following Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. Selected Nelson Rockefeller as his vice president. Left office on January 20, 1977, following general election loss to Jimmy Carter.

President Ford with pet photo

Presidential Pets

Liberty, Golden Retriever
Misty, Golden Retriever (Liberty's off-spring)
Shan Shein, Siamese Cat


Hobby:   stamp collecting

Breakfast:   orange juice, melon, English muffins, and tea with lemon

Food:   pot roast and red cabbage
For recipes see The White House Family Cookbook by Henry Haller (New York: Random House, 1987, pp. 176-179)

Dessert:   butter pecan ice cream

Hymn:   The Navy Hymn - "Eternal Father Strong to Save"

Drink:   coffee, iced tea

Color:   red

Participatory Sports:   golf, tennis, skiing, swimming

Sports Figure:   Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers

Parlor Game:   bridge

Flower:   apple blossom, azalea

Dance:   ballroom

Music:   jazz, swing

Book:   non-fiction contemporary history

Weather:   sunshine on golf course, snow on ski slopes

Place to Visit:   Vail, Colorado

Time of Day, Season:   dawn, all seasons

Hero:   Dwight D. Eisenhower

Most Unforgettable Moment:   Noon, August 9, 1974, when sworn in as president

Most Valued Advice:   "That which comes from my wife."

Memberships:   American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, 33rd Degree Mason