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Gerald R. Ford

38th President of the United States



40th Vice-President of the United States


"You have not elected me as your President, by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers. I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it - 'My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over', our Constitution works, our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. God helping me, I will not let you down."

--Remarks after swearing-in, 1974

Full Name: Gerald Rudolph Ford

Birth Name: Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

Born: July 14, 1913

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska

Father: Leslie King (1881-1941)

Step-Father: Gerald R. Ford (1890-1935)

Mother: Dorothy Gardner King (1892-1967)

Wife: Betty Ford (1918-2011)

Married: October 15, 1948

Religious Preference: Episcopalian

Previous Experience: Lawyer, U.S. Representative, Vice-President

Political Party: Republican

Age at Inauguration: 61

Term of Office: August 9, 1974 - January 20, 1977

Vice-President: Nelson Rockefeller (1974-1977)

Died: December 26, 2006

Age at Death: 93

Place of Burial: Mirage, California

President at Time of Death: George W. Bush