Gerald R. Ford

Thirty-Eighth President 1974-1977

Born: July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Education: Graduated from the Unversity of Michigan and Yale Law School.

Occupation: Lawyer, public official.

Religon: Episcopalian

Family life: Married Elizabeth Bloomer in 1948. Their four children; Michael, Jack, Steven, and Susan were born in the next ten years. As her husband's political career became more demanding, Betty Ford found herself shouldering many of the family responsibilities. She supervised the home, did the cooking, undertook volunteer work, and took part in the activities of "House wives" and "Senate wives" for Congressional and Republican clubs. In addition, she was an effective campaigner for her husband.

Political career:Practiced law briefly in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before being elected to congress in 1948. He spent Twenty-five years in the House of Representatives, eight as Republican Leader. After Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned in October, 1973, Ford was nominated by President Nixon to replace him. He became president August 9, 1974 when President Nixon resigned.

Highlights of his presidency: Provided continuity from Nixon foreign ploicy.

Appearance: Tall, broad-shouldered, trim. Large head, balding gray-blonde hair.

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