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Gerald Ford Biography and Facts For Kids


Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. Gerald Ford served as Republican leader in the House of Representatives before being selected by President Nixon to replace Spiro Agnew as vice president in 1973. A year later he replaced Nixon himself, who resigned due to theWatergate crisis. In the 1976 presidential election Ford lost to Jimmy Carter.President Ford was the only President neither elected to the Presidency nor the Vice Presidency, Ford never recovered from his pardon of Nixon. During his Presidency Saigon fell to the Vietnamese, and economic conditions in the US worsened.

Fun Facts and Trivia About Gerald Ford

When was Gerald Ford born: July 14, 1913
Where was Gerald Ford born: Omaha, Nebraska
Where did Gerald Ford go to college: University of Michigan, Yale
What was Gerald Ford’s job before he was president: Lawyer
Who was Gerald Ford married to: Elizabeth Bloomer Warren
What number president was Gerald Ford: 38th
What political party did Gerald Ford belong to: Republican
Who was Gerald Ford’s vice president: Nelson Rockefeller
When was Gerald Ford president: 1974 – 1977
How many terms did Gerald Ford serve: 1
When did Gerald Ford die: December 26, 2006
How old was Gerald Ford when he died: 93
Where is Gerald Ford buried: Grand Rapids, MI

Gerald Ford Museum Information

The Ford Presidential Museum opened in September 1981. It is part of the Presidential Libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency. Unlike other Presidential libraries, the Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Library is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The library and museum are a single institution sharing one director.

Gerald R. Ford Museum
303 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353
Telephone: (616) 254-0400
Open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Timeline of the Life of Gerald Ford

1913 Gerald Ford Born in Omaha, NE
1935 Graduates from the University of Michigan
1941 Graduates from Yale University Law School
1948 Gerald Ford Marries Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer Warren
1973 Vice President Spiro T Agnew resigns, pleading no contest to a charge of income tax evasion.
1973 President Richard Nixon offers Gerald Ford the nomination for vice president.
1974 Nixon resigns from the presidency.
1974 Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as the 38th President of the United States.
1974 Ford selects Nelson A. Rockefeller as his vice president.
1974 The Freedom of Information Act is passed over Ford’s veto
1975 Who attempted to kill Gerald Ford? Lynette Fromme attempts to assassinate President Ford in San Francisco.
1976 Jimmy Carter defeats Gerald Ford in the presidential election.