The Presidents of the USA

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Gerald R. Ford
1974-1977


picture of President Gerald R. Ford
R R R R R
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.
 

birthplace

Omaha, NE

birthday

July 14

Life

1913- 2006

age

OFC:61 , d. 93

party

Republican

presidency highlights

End of Vietnam War — Pardon to Nixon

nickname:

Mr. Nice Guy

vice-president:

Nelson Rockefeller
picture of President Gerald R. Ford

previous office

40th Vice President of USA

key background fact:

Vice President (1972-1974)

occupation

Lawyer, Public Official

military service

Lt. Commander -U.S. Navy (Naval Res.) -WW II (10 battle stars)

children

4:   3 boys  1 girl

wife:

Elizabeth “Betty” Bloomer Warren (1948)

height

6' 0'' / 1.83 m

higher education

University of Michigan, Yale

religion

Episcopalian

 

quote

"My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over"

actions & events

  • 1974 Granted a pardon to Nixon.
  • 1975 Airlift of 237,000 Vietnamese refugees

economy

  •  Recession & Inflation. The worst economy since the Great Depression.

foreign affairs

  • 1975 Evacuation of US embassy in Saigon
  • 1975  SALT Treaties with Soviet Union.
  • 1975 Helsinki Accord

military activity

  • 1974 Official end of the Vietnam War
  • 1975 Mayaguez Incident. Marines against Khmer Rouge who seized an American ship.

unique facts

  • The only president not elected by the people as either vice president or president.
  • The longest-lived president. Died at the age 93.

interesting

Was the center of the Univ.of Michigan Football Team. Worked as a fashion model in the 1940s. Was a member of Warren Commission
Held his daughter's prom in the White House.

military activity

  • 1974 Official end of the Vietnam War
  • 1975 Mayaguez Incident. Marines against Khmer Rouge who seized an American ship.

Legacy

A congressional president whose historic role was to mop up -effectively- the dregs of the two most damaging episodes in the history of the modern White House: Watergate and Vietnam.

Saigon evacuation - 1975

Saigon evacuation  - 1975