Gearld Rudolph Ford

by Michael Castillo

English 8A

 

 

Gerald Rudolph Ford was the 38th president of the United States. He was born on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He gradurated from the University of Michigan in 1935 and from Yale University Law School in 194.

His parents were Leslie Lynch King and Dorthy Ayer Gardener King. He served in World War II as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. After the war, he went back to Grand Rapids, Michigan to pratice law and entered Republican politics.

Before he was elected to Congress, he married Elizabeth Bloomer, on October 15, 1948. They had four children: Michael, John, Steve, and Susan. He was also elected to the US House of Representatives from 1949 to 1973. He became a House Minority Leader.

When Spiro Andrew resigned, Gerald Ford became Vice-President under Richard Nixon in 1973. He was the first Vice-President to be chosen under the terms of the 25th Ammendment. He became president in 1974 when Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal. One of Ford's main goals was to lower inflation. When recession became a problem, he vetoed bills that would increase the heavy budget deficit. He viewed himself as "a moderate in domestic affairs, a conservative in fiscal affairs, and a dyed-in-the-wool internationalist in foreign affairs.

In foreign affairs, Ford maintained U.S. power when Cambodia and South Vietnam collapsed during the Korean War. He also prevented a war between Israel and Egypt by persuading the countries to agree to a truce. President Ford was nominated for Republican presidency in 1976, but lost the election to Jimmy Carter. After the election he retired from politics.

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