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  Ford, Gerald R.
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AffiliationRepublican  
<-  1974-08-24  
 
NameGerald R. Ford
Address
Palm Springs, California , United States
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Born July 14, 1913
Died December 26, 2006 (93 years)
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InfoGerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.

38th President of the United States (1974-77)
b. Omaha, NE

He was originally named Leslie Lynch King, Jr., but his parents were divorced when he was two, and when his mother remarried he assumed the name of his stepfather. Admitted to the Michigan bar in 1941, he was a member (1949-73) of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as the Republican minority leader (1965-73). Ford gained a reputation as a loyal Republican who supported his party on virtually all issues. A consistent proponent of a large defense budget, he led the Republican opposition to the Great Society programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was permanent chairman of the Republican National Convention in 1968 and 1972. In Oct., 1973, Ford was nominated by Richard Nixon to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as Vice President of the United States; on Dec. 6, 1973, he became Vice President, the first to be appointed under the procedures specified by the 25th Amendment. As Vice President, Ford traveled widely around the country, attempting to rally for the Nixon administration the support that had eroded as a result of the Watergate affair. His tenure as Vice President was short, however; when Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, Ford became President. He pledged to continue Nixon's foreign policy and to work to curb inflation. One month later he issued a complete pardon to Nixon for all criminal acts perpetrated by Nixon while he was President. In the 1974 election the Republicans suffered substantial losses, attributable both to Watergate and to the economy. To deal with the economic recession, Ford proposed (1975) tax cuts, limited social spending (with continued high defense expenditure), and heavy taxation on imported oil. The Democratic Congress opposed many elements of the program. Ford was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election.

Ford became the longest living President on 11/11/2006, when he had reached the age of 93 years and 121 days - one day longer than Ronald Reagan, who had lived 93 years, 120 days. [Link]


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
06/13/2007-06/24/2007 Rasmussen Reports 62.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0) 11.00% ( 0.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
09/08/2011-09/11/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 45.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0) 29.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Aug 14, 2009 10:00am General Manson follower 'Squeaky' Fromme out of prison  Article Nothing wrong, just gone 
Dec 31, 2007 02:00pm News Would-be Ford assassin freed from prison on parole  Article J.R. 
Oct 30, 2007 11:00am Review Ford's words from the grave to haunt 'sex-addict' Clinton  Article Gaear Grimsrud 
Jan 13, 2007 12:00pm News Ford's assessment of fellow presidents released  Article Eric 
Jan 08, 2007 01:25pm Profile The 38th President: More Than Met the Eye  Article ArmyDem 
Dec 28, 2006 10:00pm Announcement Ford: Nixon friendship affected pardon  Article Forwardista 

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FAMILY
Wife Betty Ford 00, 1948-Dec 26, 2006
Son Michael Gerald Ford 1950-
Son John Gardner "Jack" Ford 1952-
Son Steven Meigs Ford 1956-
Daughter Susan Ford Vance Bales 1957-

INFORMATION LINKS
1996 Republican National Convention Speech - Gerald R. Ford  Discuss
Address on Taking the Oath of the U.S. Presidency - Gerald R. Ford  Discuss
Address to the Nation Pardoning Richard M. Nixon - Gerald R. Ford  Discuss
Congressional Gold Medal Recipient President Gerald Ford  Discuss
Gerald Ford "Whip Inflation Now" (October 8, 1974)  Discuss
Gerald Ford - Address on Energy Policy (May 27, 1975)  Discuss
Gerald Ford - Remarks at Tulane University (April 23, 1975)  Discuss
Gerald Ford - Remarks in Helsinki (August 1, 1975)  Discuss
Gerald Ford - Remarks on Clemency for Vietnam Era Draft Evaders (September 16, 1974)  Discuss
Gerald Ford - State of the Union Address (Jan 12, 1977)  Discuss
Gerald Ford - State of the Union Address (Jan 15, 1975)  Discuss
Gerald Ford - State of the Union Address (Jan 19, 1976)  Discuss
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech 1976  Discuss
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient President Gerald Ford  Discuss
RACES
  11/02/2008 Statuary Hall - Michigan Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/03/1980 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.08% (-59.71%)
  12/13/1976 US President Lost 44.61% (-10.59%)
  11/02/1976 US President National Vote Lost 48.00% (-2.06%)
  09/18/1976 NY US President - C Nomination Won 55.98% (+11.97%)
  08/19/1976 US President - R Convention Won 52.57% (+5.18%)
  07/01/1976 US President - R Primaries Won 53.29% (+7.42%)
  08/09/1974 US President Resignation Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  12/06/1973 US Vice President Appointment Won 92.65% (+85.30%)
  01/03/1973 US House Speaker Lost 44.34% (-11.32%)
  11/07/1972 MI District 5 Won 61.08% (+23.42%)
  01/21/1971 US House Speaker Lost 41.31% (-17.37%)
  11/03/1970 MI District 5 Won 61.36% (+22.87%)
  01/03/1969 US House Speaker Lost 43.49% (-12.56%)
  11/05/1968 MI District 5 Won 62.75% (+25.60%)
  01/10/1967 US House Speaker Lost 42.86% (-13.82%)
  11/08/1966 MI District 5 Won 68.39% (+36.79%)
  01/04/1965 US House Speaker Lost 32.25% (-34.80%)
  11/03/1964 MI District 5 Won 61.22% (+22.44%)
  11/06/1962 MI District 5 Won 67.04% (+34.07%)
  11/08/1960 MI District 5 Won 66.84% (+33.76%)
  11/04/1958 MI District 05 Won 63.64% (+27.40%)
  11/06/1956 MI District 05 Won 67.14% (+34.28%)
  11/02/1954 MI District 05 Won 63.26% (+26.52%)
  11/04/1952 MI District 05 Won 66.26% (+32.98%)
  11/07/1950 MI District 05 Won 66.73% (+33.81%)
  11/02/1948 MI District 05 Won 60.51% (+22.20%)
  09/14/1948 MI District 5 - R Primary Won 62.23% (+24.47%)
ENDORSEMENTS
NC District 5 - R Primary - Jul 20, 2004 R J. Edgar "Ed" Broyhill
CA State Assembly 24 - R Primary - Jun 02, 1998 R Jim Cunneen
CA District 22 - Special Election Primary - Jan 13, 1998 R Brooks Firestone
VA US Senate - R Primary - Jun 11, 1996 R John Warner
TX US Senate - Special - May 01, 1993 R Kay Bailey Hutchison
NY US Senate - R Primary - Sep 09, 1980 R Jacob K. Javits
NYC Mayor - R Primary - Sep 08, 1977 R Roy M. Goodman