- Chosen as Richard Nixon's vice president after the resignation of Spiro Agnew. Later succeeded Nixon as president when he resigned. First person ever to hold the office of U.S. president without the vote of the people involved.
- Was sworn in as Vice-President on 6 December 1973, after the resignation of then Vice-President Spiro Agnew.
- Served in the House of Representatives from 1949-1973.
- In 1963, President Johnson appointed Ford to the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of President Kennedy. Ford is the last living member of that Commission.
- He pardoned President Nixon for his involvement in Watergate, which was largely unpopular with the American public. Many believe the pardon cost Ford the 1976 election, but Ford maintains that it was the right thing to do for the good of the country. Even Senator Ted Kennedy, staunch critic of the pardon in 1974, later admitted that it was the right thing for the country at that time.
- On two separate trips to California in September 1975, Ford was the target of assassination attempts. Both of the assailants were women -- Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sara Jane Moore.
- Played football while in college, and, after graduation, was offered positions with both the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. He declined in favor of taking a coaching (both boxing and football) job at Yale University.
- Children: Michael Gerald, born March 14, 1950; John Gardner, born March 16, 1952; Steven Meigs, born May 19, 1956; and Susan Elizabeth, born July 6, 1957.
- Earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1927.
- Served in the Navy during WWII.
- Was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr., but his parents separated 2 weeks after his birth. His mother remarried when Ford was 2, and his name was changed to that of his step-father's, Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. Ford did not know until he was 17 that his step-father was not his biological father.
- Graduated from the University of Michigan and Yale University Law School.
- Is an avid golfer.
- Is left-handed only when sitting down. While he has signed all his official documents with his left hand, he has been photographed writing on a chalkboard and throwing a softball right-handed, both while standing.
- Portrayed on Saturday Night Live by Chevy Chase
- As of June 5, 2004 he is one of only four U.S. Presidents to live to their 90s. The other three were John Adams (1735-1826), Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) and Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
- August 2, 2000 he was admitted to hospital after suffering two mild strokes at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- May 18, 2003 he was admitted to hospital after suffering dizzy spells during a golf game he played in 96-degree heat in Rancho Mirage, California.
- While not an All-American football player at Michigan, his No. 48 jersey was retired in a Michigan Stadium ceremony October 8th, 1994.
- Was the first United States President to be adopted. As of 2005, the only other such President was Bill Clinton.
- Is the second oldest former President. Only Ronald Reagan was older. Ford could equal Reagan's age on 11 November 2006.
- After the death of Ronald Reagan, he became the oldest living former President.
- Is the only person to date who has served as Vice President and President without having been elected to either office. He took each office after the respective resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon.
- He is a close friend of Jimmy Carter despite their quite different political idealogies and the fact Carter defeated him in the 1976 presidential election.
- In Tip O'Neil's memoir, Man of the House, Ford confided to O'Neill that he was considering running for President in 1980.
- Was a member of the Warren Commission.
- His wife Betty suffered from alcoholism.
- His wife Betty founded The Betty Ford Clinic for alcohol & drug rehabilitation.
- Hospitalized with shortness of breath in July 2006.
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