Gerald Ford, 38th president of the US

Gerald Ford was the 38th president of the United States from 1974 to 1977. He became president after Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal.

He was the first and only person to become president without being elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency.

Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford

Here is an overview of his background, presidency, and key events during his time in office:


  • Full Name: Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr.
  • Born: July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
  • Died: December 26, 2006, in Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.

Early Life and Political Career:

  1. Education: Ford graduated from the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.
  2. Military Service: He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
  3. Congressional Career: Ford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 5th district and served from 1949 to 1973. He became the House Minority Leader in 1965.

Vice Presidency:

  1. Appointment: Ford was appointed as Vice President by President Richard Nixon in 1973 after the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.
  2. Confirmation: He was confirmed by the House and Senate and became the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment.
  3. Presidential Pardon: Ford became the President on August 9, 1974, following Richard Nixon’s resignation. One of his controversial decisions was to pardon Nixon for any crimes he might have committed while in office.

Presidency (1974-1977):

  1. Economic Challenges: Ford faced economic challenges, including high inflation and unemployment.
  2. Foreign Policy: He dealt with issues such as the end of the Vietnam War, the Helsinki Accords, and the Mayaguez incident.
  3. Presidential Election of 1976: Ford ran for a full term in 1976 but lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter in a close election.

Post-Presidential Years:

  1. Writing and Speaking: After leaving the presidency, Ford wrote his memoirs and engaged in public speaking.
  2. Presidential Library: The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum were dedicated in 1981.
  3. Medal of Freedom: Ford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.


Gerald Ford passed away on December 26, 2006, at the age of 93. His death marked the end of an era, and he was remembered for his steady leadership during a challenging period in American history.

Gerald Ford is often credited with helping to restore public confidence in the presidency during a time of political turmoil and for his efforts to promote national healing.