Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)

38th President of the United States (1974-1977)

Associated Houses

The White House

Washington D.C.

He replaced Richard Nixon who was forced to resign over the Watergate Scandal in 1974 and appointed Nelson Rockefeller as his Vice-President. He served for the remainder of the term but was defeated in the 1976 Presidential election by the Democrat Jimmy Carter. In 1948, he married Betty Bloomer (founder of the Betty Ford Center for alcohol and drug abuse) and they were the parents of four children.

He was originally named "Leslie Lynch King Jr." for his biological father but his parents separated when he was two weeks old. When he was three his mother remarried Gerald Rudolff Ford and they began calling him "Gerald R. Ford Jr." He had his name changed officially in 1935 to honor his stepfather, the only real father he had.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 02/09/2022 and last updated on 03/09/2022.