Presidential Trivia – Gerald Ford

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.), 38th President of the United States

  • Born July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Died December 26, 2006 in Rancho Mirage, California
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Childhood and school activities:  Boy Scout and Eagle Scout; captain of high school football team; member of the National Honor Society; member of 1932 and 1933 University of Michigan Wolverines national champion football team; member 1935 Collegiate All-Star football team
  • Education:  University of Michigan Bachelor of Arts degree in economics 1935; LL.B. and J.D. from Yale Law School 1941
  • Military Service:  United States Navy 1942-1946, final rank Lieutenant Commander
  • Civilian profession: Lawyer
  • Married to Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Bloomer (April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) on October 15, 1948 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Children: Michael, John, Steven, Susan
  • Political Party – Republican
  • Term of office:  August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
  • Only President or Vice President  to never be elected.  Appointed to the Vice Presidency upon the resignation of Spiro Agnew.  Assumed the Presidency upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.
  • At the 1964 Republican National Convention, Gerald Ford put forward George Romney (father of Mitt Romney) as the Republican Presidential nominee.  Barry Goldwater won the nomination.
  • Assassination attempts:  two; follower of Charles Manson Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme on September 5, 1975, FBI informant Sara Jane Moore on September 22, 1975
  • Ford was a member of the Warren Commission investigating assassination of President Kennedy
  • Turned down contracts to play football for both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers
  • Worked as a male model; his picture was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1942
  • Only President to have been a Park Ranger; served at Yellowstone
  • Hobbies:  golf, stamp collecting
  • Famous quote: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

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