Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. was born as Leslie Lynch King, Jr. on July 14, 1913. He served as the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. He was also the 40th Vice President, serving from 1973 to 1974. He was the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment and became President when Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. Ford was the 5th US President to never be elected to that position, and the only one to never win any national election. He was also the longest-lived president in United States history at the age of 93.
While President, Gerald Ford pardoned President Nixon and signed the Helsinki Accords. His foreign policies were directed towards less intervention in Vietnamese affiars. Domestically, his tenure saw inflation and a recession. In 1976, he narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but lost the presidental election to Democrat Jimmy Carter.
After his presidency had ended, Ford remained active within the Republican party. However, after experiencing some health problems, he was admited to the hospital four separate times in 2006 and died in his home later that year on December 26.
Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.
Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people's urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together
When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things.
History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.
It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.
I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned.
I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember.
I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.