Gerald Ford Fast Facts

Thirty-Eighth President of the United States

Gerald Ford, Thirty-Eighth President of the United States
Gerald Ford, Thirty-Eighth President of the United States. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library

Gerald Ford (1913-2006) served as the thirty-eighth president of the United States. He started his presidency in the midst of controversy after his pardon of Richard M. Nixon following his resignation from the presidency. He only served out the rest of his term and has the distinction of being the only president who was never elected to either the presidency or vice presidency. 

Here is a quick list of fast facts for Gerald Ford. For more in-depth information, you can also read the Gerald Ford Biography


July 14, 1913


December 26, 2006

Term of Office:

August 9, 1974 - January 20, 1977

Number of Terms Elected:

No Terms. Ford was never elected to be president or vice-president but instead took office upon the resignation first of Spiro Agnew and then of Richard Nixon

First Lady:

Elizabeth Anne Bloomer

Gerald Ford Quote:

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."
Additional Gerald Ford Quotes

Major Events While in Office:

  • Ford grants Nixon an unconditional pardon (1974)
  • Campaign Reform Law (1974)
  • Communist victory in Southeast Asia (1975-76)
  • Helsinki Agreement (1975)

Additional Resources and Information

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