Ford Gerald

Gerald R. Ford (1913–2006), 9th cousin 3x removed

Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.[1]) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974-77, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973-74.  He was the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment (after Spiro Agnew had resigned), and when he became President upon Richard Nixon’s resignation on 9 Aug 1974, he became the only President of the United States who was never elected President nor Vice-President by the Electoral College.  Before ascending to the vice-presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as the Representative from Michigan’s 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.  As President, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Domestically, Ford presided over arguably the weakest economy since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure.  One of his more controversial acts was to grant a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.  During Ford’s incumbency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President.  In 1976, Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but lost the presidential election to Democrat Jimmy Carter.  Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party.  After experiencing health problems and being admitted to the hospital four times in 2006, Ford died in his home on 26 Dec 2006.  He lived longer than any other U.S. president, dying at 93 years and 165 days.

 

 

(President, 38th) Gerald Rudolph Ford born Leslie Lynch King (Jr.) (1913 – 2006), 9th cousin 3x removed – Dorothy Ayer Gardner (1892 – 1967) – Adele Augusta Ayer (1867 – 1938) – Amy Gridley Butler (1848 – 1916) – Elizabeth Ely Gridley (1826 – 1921) – Amy Ely (1777 – 1876) – Wells Ely (1729 – 1804) – Ruth Welles (1697 – 1731) – Samuel Welles (1662 – 1733) – Thomas Welles (1627 – 1668) – Thomas Welles (1590 – 1660) – Ann Welles (1619 – 1680) – Mary Thompson (1653 – 1691) – Joseph Hawley (1675 – 1752) – Elizabeth Hawley (1700 – 1779) – Elizabeth Newell (1721 – 1791) – Elizabeth Clark (1758 – 1840) – Betsy Andrews (1783 – 1856) – David Handley (1809 – 1895) – Elizabeth Handley (1835 – 1917) – Florence Henderson (1869 – 1956) – Florence Eugenie Watkins (1903 – 1985) – Penelope Jane Walholm (1939 – ) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

 He is also a descendant of Henry Howland (paternal 11th g-grandfather).

 


[1] He was later adopted by and re-named for his step-father.

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