Leslie Lynch King Jr. Gerald Ford was the thirty-eighth President of the United States of America. Yes, Leslie Lynch King Jr. and Gerald Ford are one and the same person. This man was born in Omaha, Nebraska and his mother left her husband when he was just sixteen days old taking him with her. He was named Leslie Lynch King Jr. when he was born. Together they moved in with her sister in Illinois and then her parents in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His birth parents divorced and his mother married Gerald Rudolff Ford after living with her parents for a couple of years. They began calling Leslie Gerald. They then had three boys. Gerald Jr. had three sisters from his father’s second marriage. When Gerald was 17 his parents told him about his biological father and abuse his mother suffered that she said led to her leaving. Gerald Ford loved his parents and was very grateful for his upbringing and their life as a family.
Gerald Ford earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He played football and following being captain of his football team in high school, he attended the University of Michigan. They achieved undefeated records two years he played. He graduated in 1935 turned down offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers to attend law school. He graduated law school in 1941 and then was admitted to the Michigan bar. The attack on Pearl Harbor changed his plans and he enlisted in the United States Navy. While in World War II he earned awards and the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Following the war Gerald married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren in 1948. He and Betty Ford had four children, three boys and a girl. He became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1949. He remained in the House until 1973 with years spent as Chairman of the House Republican Conference and as the House Minority Leader. He became Vice President when Spiro Agnew resigned and President when Richard Nixon resigned. He made the record books for being both Vice President and President without being elected to either office.
While President, Gerald Ford signed the Helsinki Accords and Unites States involvement in Vietnam ended. The economy suffered a recession. Controversially, Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. He was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. He signed the Education for All Children Act to establish special education for all children throughout the United States.
Following his Presidency, Gerald Ford remained active in public life. He made appearances at events. He wrote his memoirs and a book about humorous political anecdotes. He meet and worked with other Presidents and politicians. In 2001 he supported equal rights again when he spoke out in favor of gay and lesbian couples being treated equally.
Gerald Ford died in 2006. Many places and things are named after him to honor him. There are many facts and stories to read about this man’s long life and accomplishments. Be inspired! Have a bright day!