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tviNews - 114 • Gerald Rudolph Ford (July 14, 1913 --December 26, 2006) was the 38th President (1974 --1977) and 40th Vice President (1973 --1974) of the United States. By Josie Cory, Publisher of TVInews.










































































































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/ImagesPersonOfTheWeek/200701GeraldFord108w.jpg1. Feature Story / Gerald Rudolph Ford (July 14, 1913 --December 26, 2006) was the 38th President (1974 --1977) and 40th Vice President (1973 --1974) of the United States.
 The last time TVI's Josie Cory covered a Gerald Ford event was on August 27th 2003, at the Toluca Lake, St. Charles Borromeo catholic church in nearby Universal Studios. Both the former President and his wife Betty were attending his best wartime ally's memorial. Bob Hope who with his wife, Dolores Hope, lived just blocks from St. Charles parish, had just died in his Toluca Lake home, at the age of 100.
  The former president was the first person appointed to the vice presidency, under the terms of the 25th Amendment, and upon succession to the presidency, became the only person to hold that office without having been elected either president or vice president.
  Prior to becoming vice president, he served for over eight years as the Republican Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. At the age of 93, Ford was the longest-lived U.S. president. A LOOK AT Presidential Number: 38th Years he was President: 1974 --1977
  The Ford administration saw the withdrawal of American forces from the Vietnam War, the execution of the Helsinki Accords, and the continuing specter of inflation and recession. Ford came under intense criticism for granting a pre-emptive pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal, and was narrowly defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election.

President Bush Extends Condolences, -- Mourns Loss of Gerald R. Ford
 THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, all of us are saddened by the news that former President Gerald R. Ford passed away last night. I spoke with Betty Ford. On behalf of all Americans Laura and I extend to Mrs. Ford and all President Ford's family our prayers and our condolences.
 President Ford was a great man who devoted the best years of his life in serving the United States. He was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America's character. Before the world knew his name, he served with distinction in the United States Navy and in the United States Congress.
 As a congressman from Michigan, and then as Vice President, he commanded the respect and earned the good will of all who had the privilege of knowing him. On August 9, 1974, he stepped into the presidency without ever having sought the office. He assumed power in a period of great division and turmoil. For a nation that needed healing and for an office that needed a calm and steady hand, Gerald Ford came along when we needed him most.
 During his time in office, the American people came to know President Ford as a man of complete integrity who led our country with common sense and kind instincts.
 Americans will always admire Gerald Ford's unflinching performance of duty and the honorable conduct of his administration, and the great rectitude of the man himself.
 We mourn the loss of such a leader, and our 38th President will always have a special place in our nation's memory.
 President Ford lived 93 years, and his life was a blessing to America. And now this fine man will be taken to his rest by a family that will love him always, and by a nation that will be grateful to him forever.- May god bless Gerald Ford. / Pres. Bush

Part 02 / TIMELINE - Life - ACHIEVEMENTS of President Gerald R. Ford's Life and Career

1913 - July 14, Gerald R. Ford is born as Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska.
1913 - July 30, fleeing an abusive relationship, Dorothy Gardner King and her two-week old son leave Omaha and with her parents relocate to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1913 - December 19, Dorothy King's divorce from Leslie King is finalized in an Omaha court.
1916 - February 1, Dorothy King marries Gerald R. Ford, Sr., a Grand Rapids businessman.
1918-1925Y - Young Ford attends elementary school at Madison Elementary in Grand Rapids, MI. He briefly attends East Grand Rapids Elementary while the family lived there.
1925 - On his twelfth birthday, Ford joins the local Boy Scout Troop 15 of TrinityMethodist Church in Grand Rapids, MI. In November 1927 he attains the rank of Eagle Scout.
1925-1931 - Ford attends South High School in Grand Rapids, MI for junior high and highschool. He excels at football, being named to the "All-City" and "All-State" teams. He also works at his father's paint factory and a local hamburger stand.
1931-1935 - Ford attends the University of Michigan. He plays center on the football teamand is named Most Valuable Player on the 1934 team. He also joins the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.1935 - Ford plays in the East-West Shrine Game and receives pro football contractoffers from the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
1935 - In June Ford graduates from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Economics. September 1935 Yale University hires Ford to be an assistant football and boxing coach.
1935 - December 3, he legally changes his name to Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
1936 - In the Summer of '36 Ford works as an Intern Forest Ranger at Yellowstone Park's Canyon Station.
1937 - Summer 1937 Ford attends law classes at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
1938 - In February Ford is accepted to Yale University Law School. He begins classes in the fallwhile continuing to coach. While at Yale, Ford supports the isolationist America First Committee as America sees war spread across Europe.
1938 - Summer 1938 Ford attends law classes at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
1940 -
1940 - March 12, Ford appears in a photograph spread in Look Magazine with then girlfriend Phyllis Brown, a model for Cosmopolitan Magazine.
1940 - Fall 1940 Ford volunteers for the Wendell Willkie presidential campaign in New York City. As a volunteer, he attends his first Republican convention in Philadelphia.

1941 - Spring 1941 Ford graduates in the top third of his law school class at Yale.
1941 - May 1941 Ford returns to Grand Rapids and partners with friend Philip Buchen to open a law firm located in Suite 621 of the Michigan Trust Building. He also becomes active in local politics helping launch a reform group opposed to the Republican political machine of Frank D. McKay.
1942 - In February 1942, with the U.S. entrance into World War II, Ford volunteers for the Navy. He is
assigned to the Navy's V-5 pre-flight program in Annapolis, Maryland to become a physical training instructor. Upon completion, he is sent to Chapel Hill, North Carolina as an athletic training officer.
1943 - Summer 1943, Ford is assigned to sea duty aboard the carrier USS Monterey as the ship's athletic officer and one of the ship's gunnery officers. He sees action in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Monterey in the Battle of Makin. The ship also takes part in attacks against Kwajalein and Eniwetok, New Guinea, Saipan, Guam, and Formosa. He also survives a typhoon in the Pacific that batters the
Monterey on December 18, 1944.
1945 - In the Spring Ford is promoted to Lieutenant Commander and assigned to Glenview, Illinois,
to train new naval officers for sea duty.
1946 - In February Ford is honorably discharged from active duty in the United States Navy. During his service he is award the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with one Silver Star and four Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
1946 - Ford returns to Grand Rapids and rejoins his friend Philip Buchen with the law firm of Butterfield, Keeney, and Amberg. He becomes active in many civic affairs and charities including chapters of the Red Cross, the American Legion, and the VFW. Influenced by his experience in the war and the internationalist views of Senator Arthur Vandenberg, Ford resumes his involvement in reforming Grand Rapids politics.
1947 - August 1947 Ford is introduced to Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren by mutual friends.
1948 - In June Ford announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. House of
Representatives, Fifth Congressional District of Michigan. He challenges the isolationist foreign policy approach of incumbent Bartel Jonkman, a McKay associate.
1948 - September 14, Ford defeats Jonkman 23,632 to 14,341 in the Republican primary.
1948 - October 15, Ford and Betty Bloomer Warren wed at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand
Rapids. Marrying in the middle of his congressional campaign, the couple honeymoon briefly in Ann Arbor, attend the University of Michigan- Northwestern football game, and then drive to Owosso, Michigan to attend a rally for Republican Presidential candidate Thomas Dewey.
1948 - November 2, Ford is elected to his first term as a U.S. Congressman from Grand Rapids,
receiving 60.5% of the vote.
1949 - January 3, 1949-1950 Ford is sworn in as a member of the Eighty-First Congress. During his first year in the House, he is assigned to the Public Works Committee. As a member he is invited to tour the White House by President Truman. He also helps organize the "Chowder and Marching Club" of young Republican Congressmen with fellow House member Richard Nixon.
1950 - March 14, the Fords' first child, Michael Gerald Ford is born.
1950 - November 7, Ford wins his second term as Congressman from the fifth district with 66% of
the vote.
1951 - January 1951-1952. At the start of his second term in the House, Ford is appointed to the
Appropriations Committee. Ford invites Richard Nixon to Grand Rapids to give the annual Lincoln Day Speech. In February 1952 he and other young Republican Congressmen send a letter urging General Eisenhower to enter the Presidential race.
1952 - March 16, the Fords' second son, John Gardner "Jack" Ford is born.

 Part 03 / Third Term Congressman
1952 - November 4, Ford wins his third term as Congressman from Grand Rapids with 66% of the vote.
1953 - 1953-1954 Ford is a member of the only Republican controlled House from 1949 to 1995.
He is appointed to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Spending, and is made Chairman of the Army Panel on spending. As a member of this committee he witnesses test firings of project NIKE that developed the first operational anti-aircraft missile, the Nike-Ajax.
1953 - In August Ford takes a three week tour of U.S. military installations in Asia and thePacific. He visits Saigon in French Indochina, and during a visit to Korea, witnesses a POW exchange.
1954 - November 4, after declining a run for U.S. Senate, Ford wins his fourth term as Congressman.

1955 - 1955-56 Ford continues to serve on the Appropriations Committee in the House, and in
1956 - Ford is appointed to the Intelligence Subcommittee, which oversees the CIA's budget. He serves on this subcommittee for ten years and learns of programs such as U-2 and Bay of Pigs. He also visits NATO headquarters in Paris, and the Allied and Russian Zones of Berlin. He visits a Hungarian refugee camp in Austria.
1955 - In the Spring the Fords move into their newly completed house in Alexandria, Virginia.
1956 - May 19, the Fords' third son, Steven Meigs Ford is born.
1956 - November 6, after declining an opportunity to run for Michigan Governor, Ford wins election
to his fifth term as Congressman.
1957 - 1957-1958. During his fifth term, Ford is appointed to the "Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration," chaired by Senator Lyndon Johnson, which would recommend the creation of NASA. He also attends an address of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem to a joint session of Congress in May 1957.
1957 - July 6, the Fords' youngest child, daughter Susan Elizabeth Ford is born.
1958 - November 4, Ford wins his sixth term as U.S. Congressman.
1959 - 1959-1960. In January, Ford joins the Republican colleagues in replacing their House leader
Joseph Martin with Charles Halleck. In September 1959 Ford spends 3 days touring Moscow and 10 days in Poland on fact-finding missions.
1960 - In July the Michigan delegation at the Republican Convention in Chicago supports Ford as a favorite son candidate to Richard Nixon's running mate. Ford gives the nominating speech for the eventual Vice-Presidential nominee, Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge.
1960 - In November Ford is re-elected to a seventh term in Congress.
1961 - 1961-1962 Ford becomes the ranking Republican on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. However, he supports many of President Kennedy's foreign aid initiatives. He is also awarded the Congressional Distinguished Service Award from the American Political Science Association.
1962 - January 26, Ford's stepfather, Gerald Ford, Sr., dies in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1962 - November 6, Ford is re-elected to his eighth term, despite declining Republican numbers in
the House.
1963- January 2, in a Republican caucus revolution led by Congressmen Charles Goodell and Robert Griffin, Ford defeats Charles Hoeven of Iowa for House Republican Conference Chairman.
1963 - November 29, a week after President Kennedy's assassination, President Johnson appoints Ford to the seven member Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy's death. On September 27, 1964 they would publish their conclusion that there was no evidence of a conspiracy in the assassination of President Kennedy. Ford would later publish a book about the assassination, Portrait of an Assassin, with friend
Jack Stiles.
1964 - November 3, Lyndon Johnson is elected President in a landslide over Barry Goldwater. Ford
is elected to his ninth term as Congressman.
1964 - December 19, after meeting with fellow Republican House members Donald Rumsfeld,
Robert Griffin, and Charles Goodell, Ford announces that he will challenge the incumbent, Charles Halleck of Indiana for the post of House Minority Leader.
1965 - January 4, 1Ford unseats Halleck as House Minority Leader by a vote of 73-67.
1965 - 1965-1966. In his first term as House Minority Leader, Ford offers Republican alternatives to the Great Society legislation of the Johnson administration. He appears with Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois in weekly press conferences (known as the "Ev and Jerry Show") to offer critiques of Johnson administration policies. He also campaigns on behalf of Republican candidates during the 1966
midterm elections.
1966 - November 8, Ford wins his tenth election as Congressman with 68 percent of the vote.
Republicans make strong gains in the mid term elections.
1967 - 1967-1968. Ford in his second term as House Minority Leader begins attacking Johnson's
position on the war in Vietnam asking in an August 8, 1967 speech, "Why are we pulling our best punches in Vietnam?"
1967 - September 17, Ford's mother, Dorothy Gardner Ford, dies in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1968 - August 5, Ford presides as Permanent Chairman of the Republican Convention held in Miami Beach, Florida. Following Richard Nixon's nomination, Ford supports New York City Mayor John Lindsay for running mate in conversations with Nixon. Nixon, however, chooses Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew.
1968 - November 5, Nixon is elected President; Ford is elected to his eleventh term as House
1969 - 1969-1970. As House Minority Leader under a Republican President, Ford consistently
supports Nixon's polices in the House.
1970 - April 15, in a speech on the House floor, Ford calls for the removal of Justice William O. Douglas' from the Supreme Court for what Ford believes to be inappropriate judicial conduct. The matter is later turned over to the House Judiciary Committee where the issue dies.
1970 - November 3, Ford is elected to his twelfth term.
1972 - June 17, five burglars break into Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.
1972 - June 23-July 7, building upon President Nixon's trip to the People's Republic of China in
February 1972, Ford and Congressman Hale Boggs of Louisiana visit and meet with Premier Chou En-Lai.
1972 - August 19-22, Ford chairs the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida,
where President Nixon and Vice-President Agnew are re-nominated.
1972 - November 7, Ford is elected to his thirteenth and final term as a Congressman from Michigan.
Despite Nixon's landslide victory, the Republicans do not gain many House seats. Realizing he may never achieve his goal to become Speaker of the House, Ford contemplates retirement after 1976.
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