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Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, between 1974 and 1977. He was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents 16 days after his birth. His name two years later after his mother married Gerald Rudolff Ford. He was in many sports at college and from Yale Law School in 1941.

Ford interrupted his legal in 1942 when he joined the Navy after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He served with distinction in the Pacific and was the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with nine stars. After the war, he local Republican in Grand Rapids, which he served in the House of Representatives for 25 years. He became in the House as a "Congressman's Congressman".

The Republicans Ford as the new House Minority Leader in 1964. He held the for eight years before being elevated to Vice President in 1973, following the resignation of incumbent Agnes Spiro. A year later he the first President to take the office under the Twenty-fifth Amendment. In the aftermath of Nixon and the Watergate , he succeeded the first President ever to .

As President, Ford the controversies surrounding President Nixon by granting him a full pardon. He himself as "a moderate in domestic affairs, a conservative in fiscal affairs, and a dyed-in-the-wool internationalist in affairs." He lost the 1976 to Jimmy Carter. He died thirty years later in 2006, at the age of 93. He was the -lived U.S. President in American history.K

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