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"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