August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
December 6, 1973 – August 9, 1974
January 3, 1965 – December 6, 1973
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
|Leader||Charles A. Halleck|
|Member of the |
January 3, 1949 – December 6, 1973
Leslie Lynch King Jr.
July 14, 1913
|Died||December 26, 2006 (aged 93)|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 38th
Ford was born in
As president, Ford signed the
Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. His moderate views on various social issues increasingly put him at odds with conservative members of the party in the 1990s and early 2000s. After experiencing a series of health problems, he
Ford was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. on July 14, 1913, at
Ford later said that his biological father had a history of hitting his mother. In a biography of Ford,
After living with her parents for two-and-a-half years, Gardner married
Ford also had three half-siblings from the second marriage of Leslie King Sr., his biological father: Marjorie King (1921–1993), Leslie Henry King (1923–1976), and Patricia Jane King (1925–1980). They never saw one another as children, and he did not know them at all until 1960. Ford was not aware of his biological father until he was 17, when his parents told him about the circumstances of his birth. That year his biological father, whom Ford described as a "carefree, well-to-do man who didn't really give a damn about the hopes and dreams of his firstborn son", approached Ford while he was waiting tables in a Grand Rapids restaurant. The two "maintained a sporadic contact" until Leslie King Sr.'s death in 1941.
Ford said, "My stepfather was a magnificent person and my mother equally wonderful. So I couldn't have written a better prescription for a superb family upbringing."
Ford attended Grand Rapids South High School, where he was a star athlete and