I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may help prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the United States. He served from August 9, 1974 until January 20, 1977. He was, also, a lawyer, a politician, and an author. He was and currently still is the only Vice President and then President to have gained both of the offices due to the predecessors resignations. Spiro Agnew resigned the Vice Presidency on October 10, 1973 and Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency on August 9, 1974.
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother left his abusive father just over two weeks after his birth. She moved in first with her sister and then her parents in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She got full custody of her son upon their divorce. In 1916, his mother married Gerald Rudolff Ford. In 1935, then future President Gerald Ford officially changed his name to take after the man he truly credited as his father. He had half-siblings from both of his biological parents.
Ford became an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. After high school, Ford attended the University of Michigan and played football on their team. Instead of accepting offers from the professional teams that offered contracts after graduating in 1935, he chose to continue his schooling. He earned his law degree in 1941 from Yale Law School. He was then admitted to the Michigan bar. He next opened a Grand Rapids law firm with a partner. In 1942, he began service in the United States Naval Reserve. He served during World War II and earned awards.
Gerald Ford married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren in 1948. They had four children. Ford had begun campaigning for the United States House of Representatives during their engagement.
Gerald Ford began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1949. In 1963, while still serving he became the Chairman of the House Republican Committee. In 1965 until 1973, he was the House Minority Leader. Next, with support of fellow politicians he became Vice President and later President.
While foreign affairs were largely positive, domestic affairs were dominated by Ford presiding over a poor economy. After the Presidency, Ford stayed politically active. A Time to Heal was one of several books he had published. He died in 2006 after surviving longer than any other President thus far.
Gerald Ford has been memorialized and honored in many ways and in many places. He is interred at his Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Nicknames of Gerald Ford were Jerry and Mr. Nice Guy. The latter came from his clean-cut image.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!