Matthew R. Perry

The Death of an American President: Gerald Ford (1913-2006)

In Politics on December 27, 2006 at 9:31 am

gerald-ford.jpgKnown in American history as the only United States President to serve without being elected to office, Gerald Ford died at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA, at the age of 93 — making him the oldest former US president. Ford took office after his predecessor Richard Nixon (for whom he served as Vice President) left office amidst the Watergate Scandal — making him our nation’s 38th president.

While a generation raised on Saturday Night Live in the 70s remember Ford for being the brunt of countless Chevy Chase skits, many of our nations’ leaders and statesmen remember Ford as one who led the country through the aftermath of a terrible scandal with dignity and class.

I remember very little about President Ford (I was almost three when he took office).  I vaguely remember the Carter-Ford debates and remember when Ford lost the presidential election to Carter in 1976 (yes, I enjoyed politics from a young age — I confess).  From what I understand, America should be thankful for having one of his disposition lead our country through such troubled domestic waters.

To read more about Gerald Ford, click here.

The remaining living ex-presidents are Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) who is 82, George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) who is 82 as well, and William Jefferson Clinton (1993-2001) who is 60.

To read President Ford’s biography, click here.

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