Gerald Ford was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on July 14, 1913. He was a football star at the University of Michigan, where he received his Bachelors degree. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1938. He served as a naval officer for four years in World War II and was discharged as a lieutenant commander.
Gerald R. Ford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1950 and served as a congressman for twenty-five years. He was leader of the House Republicans for eight years. On October 12, 1973, Ford was nominated as the fortieth vice president by President Richard M. Nixon after Vice President Spiro Agnew’s resignation. He was the first person appointed to the office of vice president under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment. Less than a year later, on August 9 1974, Ford became president upon Nixon’s resignation. Ford was the fifth U.S. president never to have been elected to that position, and the only one never to have won any national election.
President Ford’s SAR Revolutionary War ancestor was Ezra Chase, who served as a Minuteman in the Massachusetts Militia.
In 1975, SAR President General Graham Clark visited the Oval Office of the White House to present President Ford with his membership certificate and his SAR membership badge. In 1989, the SAR centennial year, President Gerald R. Ford was presented with the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal.
President Ford died in Rancho Mirage, California, on December 28, 2006. He was also the longest-lived president in U.S. history, living until the age of ninety-three. Ford is buried at the Gerald Ford Museum and Presidential Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan.