54 Facts About Gerald Ford

1. Gerald Ford spent the time after his presidency speaking, writing and serving on corporate boards.

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2. In 1975, President Gerald Ford returned the Veteran's Day holiday to November 11.

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3. In 1975, President Gerald Ford moved the holiday back to Nov 11 starting in 1978, which stands today.

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4. Gerald Ford received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in May 1970, as well as the Silver Buffalo Award, from the Boy Scouts of America.

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5. Gerald Ford received the degrees of York Rite Masonry in a special ceremony in the Oval Office on January 11, 1977, during his term as President of the United States.

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6. In April 1975, Gerald Ford was elected by a unanimous vote Honorary Grand Master of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay, a position in which he served until January 1977.

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7. At the time of his death, Gerald Ford was the longest-lived President, having lived 93 years and 165 days.

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8. On November 12, 2006, Gerald Ford surpassed the 93 years and 120 days lifespan of Ronald Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.

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9. Gerald Ford selected the song to be played during his funeral procession at the US Capitol.

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10. On December 30, 2006, Gerald Ford became the 11th US President to lay in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol.

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11. Gerald Ford died on December 26, 2006, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, of arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis.

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12. Gerald Ford suffered two minor strokes at the 2000 Republican National Convention, but made a quick recovery after being admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital.

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13. In October 2001, Gerald Ford broke with conservative members of the Republican Party by stating that gay and lesbian couples "ought to be treated equally.

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14. In April 1997, Gerald Ford joined President Bill Clinton, former President Bush, and Nancy Reagan in signing the "Summit Declaration of Commitment" in advocating for participation by private citizens in solving domestic issues within the United States.

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15. Gerald Ford founded the annual AEI World Forum in 1982, and joined the American Enterprise Institute as a distinguished fellow.

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16. On March 24, 1982, Gerald Ford offered an endorsement of President Reagan's economic policies while stating the possibility of Reagan being met with a stalemate by Congress if not willing to compromise while in Washington.

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17. On October 8, 1980, Gerald Ford said President Nixon's involvement in the general election potentially could negatively impact the Reagan campaign: "I think it would have been much more helpful if Mr Nixon had stayed in the background during this campaign.

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18. On March 15, 1980, Gerald Ford announced that he would forgo a run for the Republican nomination, vowing to support the eventual nominee.

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19. Gerald Ford was encouraged by his former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger as well as Jim Rhodes of Ohio and Bill Clements of Texas to make the race.

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20. Gerald Ford believed the more conservative Ronald Reagan would be unable to defeat Carter and would hand the incumbent a second term.

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21. Gerald Ford considered a run for the Republican nomination in 1980, forgoing numerous opportunities to serve on corporate boards to keep his options open for a rematch with Carter.

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22. In 1979, Gerald Ford published his autobiography, A Time to Heal.

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23. Gerald Ford appointed 11 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, and 50 judges to the United States district courts.

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24. Gerald Ford was the target of two assassination attempts during his presidency.

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25. In December 1974, months after Gerald Ford took office, North Vietnamese forces invaded the province of Phuoc Long.

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26. Gerald Ford felt truly annoyed and thought the chance for peace was jeopardized.

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27. Gerald Ford considered it "stalling" and wrote, "Their [Israeli] tactics frustrated the Egyptians and made me mad as hell.

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28. Gerald Ford attended the inaugural meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations (initially the G5) in 1975 and secured membership for Canada.

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29. Gerald Ford continued the detente policy with both the Soviet Union and China, easing the tensions of the Cold War.

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30. Gerald Ford was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, issuing Presidential Proclamation no.

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31. In March 1975, Congress passed, and Gerald Ford signed into law, these income tax rebates as part of the Tax Reduction Act of 1975.

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32. Gerald Ford expressed "strong support for full educational opportunities for our handicapped children" according to the official White House press release for the bill signing.

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33. On October 4, 1974, Gerald Ford gave a speech in front of a joint session of Congress; as a part of this speech he kicked off the "WIN" campaign.

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34. On September 8, 1974, Gerald Ford issued Proclamation 4311, which gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he might have committed against the United States while president.

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35. Immediately after Gerald Ford took the oath of office in the East Room of the White House, he spoke to the assembled audience in a speech that was broadcast live to the nation.

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36. Gerald Ford became Vice President as the Watergate scandal was unfolding.

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37. Gerald Ford agreed to the nomination, telling his wife that the Vice Presidency would be "a nice conclusion" to his career.

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38. In the early 1950s, Gerald Ford declined offers to run for either the Senate or the Michigan governorship.

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39. Gerald Ford was a member of the House of Representatives for 25 years, holding Michigan's 5th congressional district seat from 1949 to 1973.

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40. At the time of their engagement, Gerald Ford was campaigning for what would be his first of 13 terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

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41. On October 15, 1948, Gerald Ford married Elizabeth Bloomer at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids; it was his first and only marriage and her second marriage.

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42. In January 1946, Gerald Ford was sent to the Separation Center, Great Lakes to be processed out.

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43. On December 24, 1944, at Ulithi, Gerald Ford was detached from the ship and sent to the Navy Pre-Flight School at Saint Mary's College of California, where he was assigned to the Athletic Department until April 1945.

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44. Gerald Ford was serving as General Quarters Officer of the Deck and was ordered to go below to assess the raging fire.

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45. Gerald Ford hoped to attend Yale Law School beginning in 1935.

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46. In 1934, Gerald Ford was selected for the Eastern Team on the Shriner's East West Shrine Game at San Francisco, played on January 1, 1935.

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47. Gerald Ford reportedly threatened to quit the team in response to the university's decision, but he eventually agreed to play against Georgia Tech when Ward personally asked him to play.

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48. Gerald Ford was Ward's best friend on the team, and they roomed together while on road trips.

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49. Gerald Ford attended the University of Michigan and joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

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50. Gerald Ford attended Grand Rapids South High School, where he was a star athlete and captain of the football team.

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51. Gerald Ford was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and earned that program's highest rank, Eagle Scout.

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52. Gerald Ford said, "My stepfather was a magnificent person and my mother equally wonderful.

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53. Gerald Ford began his political career in 1949 as the US Representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district.

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54. Gerald Ford was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.

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