60 Facts About President Gerald Ford

1. President 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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2. President Gerald Ford never attempted to shade a statement, and I never heard him utter an unkind word", said Martha Griffiths.

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

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

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5. President 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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6. President 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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7. In October 2001, President 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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8. President Gerald Ford was awarded an honorary doctorate at Central Connecticut State University on March 23, 1988.

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

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10. On March 24, 1982, President 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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11. President Gerald Ford conditioned his acceptance on Reagan's agreement to an unprecedented "co-presidency", giving Ford the power to control key executive branch appointments.

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

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13. President 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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14. President 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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15. President 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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16. President Gerald Ford hosted the Jerry Ford Invitational in Vail, Colorado from 1977 to 1996.

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17. President Gerald Ford devoted much time to his love of golf, often playing both privately and in public events with comedian Bob Hope, a longtime friend.

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18. President 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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19. President Gerald Ford's was paroled on December 31, 2007, after serving 32 years.

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

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

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

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

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24. President Gerald Ford, concerned with both the effect of this on Turkish-American relations and the deterioration of security on NATO's eastern front, vetoed the bill.

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25. President 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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26. President Gerald Ford continued the detente policy with both the Soviet Union and China, easing the tensions of the Cold War.

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

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28. President Gerald Ford was criticized greatly for quickly switching from advocating a tax increase to a tax reduction.

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29. President 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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30. On October 4, 1974, President 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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31. President Gerald Ford chose a young Wyoming politician, Richard Cheney, to replace Rumsfeld as his new Chief of Staff; Cheney became the campaign manager for Ford's 1976 presidential campaign.

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32. President Gerald Ford was the first sitting president since Abraham Lincoln to testify before the House of Representatives.

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33. On October 17, 1974, President Gerald Ford testified before Congress on the pardon.

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34. On September 8, 1974, President 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 President 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. President 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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37. President Gerald Ford described his philosophy as "a moderate in domestic affairs, an internationalist in foreign affairs, and a conservative in fiscal policy.

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38. President 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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39. At the time of their engagement, President 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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40. On October 15, 1948, President 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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41. President Gerald Ford was released from active duty under honorable conditions on February 23, 1946.

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

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43. On December 24, 1944, at Ulithi, President 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. President 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. President Gerald Ford received a commission as ensign in the US Naval Reserve on April 13, 1942.

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46. President Gerald Ford graduated from law school in 1941 and was admitted to the Michigan bar shortly thereafter.

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

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48. President Gerald Ford graduated from Michigan in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

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49. In 1934, President 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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50. President Gerald Ford was Ward's best friend on the team, and they roomed together while on road trips.

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51. President Gerald Ford played center, linebacker, and long snapper for the school's football team and helped the Wolverines to two undefeated seasons and national titles in 1932 and 1933.

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52. President Gerald Ford washed dishes at his fraternity house to earn money for college expenses.

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53. President Gerald Ford is the only Eagle Scout to have ascended to the US Presidency.

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

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

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56. President Gerald Ford was a salesman in a family-owned paint and varnish company.

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57. President Gerald Ford's took her son with her to Oak Park, Illinois, home of her sister Tannisse and brother-in-law, Clarence Haskins James.

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58. President Gerald Ford served in this capacity for 25 years, the final nine of them as the House Minority Leader.

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

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60. President Gerald Ford is the only person to have served as both vice president and president without being elected to either office.

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