Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, has died at the age of 93.
Born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska in 1913, Ford was re-named after his mother remarried after divorce. Ford was a law Student who graduated at the top of his class at Yale Law School. He played football for the University of Michigan, becoming MVP and leading the team to two championships in 1933 and 1934. His number was retired after he left school. Ford served in the U.S. Navy, where he fought in the Pacific Theater against Imperial Japan. Ford then went on to marry Elizabeth Ann Warren and serve the state of Michigan in the United States House of Representatives. He rose through the ranks to become a member of the House Appropriations Committee and eventually House Minority Leader. After the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew due to scandal, President Nixon choose Gerald Ford as his new Vice President, his confirmation took six weeks to finally approve him. Ford became the 38th, and only unelected, President of the United States after the resignation of President Nixon. Ford was a President dedicated to healing the nation after the Watergate Crisis. He pardoned Nixon and tried to reassure Americans to beleive in their Government and their Country. He battled future President Ronald Reagan for the 1976 Republican nomination. He won the nomination by a razor-thin margin, but was defeated by James Carter in the general election. Carter was defeated four years later by Ronald Reagan. Ford survived two assassination attempts, both within 17 days of each other. Though not a man of quotes, he did make some well-rememberd remarks, including the line “I’m a Ford, not a Lincoln.” Ford was an honest, dedicated, and civil man, dedicated to his God, his family, and his Country. Ford died yesterday, December 26, 2006, at home at the age of 93. He died peacefully with his wife at his side.