Essay On Gerald Ford

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Liam Schilter
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From the second Gerald Ford was put into office, he began working tirelessly to restore faith in our country. The 38th president, and many think he was possibly the most courageous and giving we’ve ever had. He had given much of his life to our country, and shown courage even in the toughest of times. He is Gerald R. Ford, football star, eagle scout, and a straight “A” student, president of the United States of America.
Gerald Ford was Born July 14, 1913 in Omaha Nebraska as Leslie Lynch Jr. in a house that his parents lived in with his father’s parents. His parents were Dorothy Ayer Gardner and Leslie Lynch King Sr. Sixteen days after his birth, his mother separated from his father mainly due to physical abuse. Mrs. Gardner moved out and took Leslie to a town in Illinois, where her of her sister and brother-in-law. From there Dorothy Gardener took him to her parents, Levi Addison Gardner and Adele Augusta Ayer, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he would grow up. Dorothy and King were legally divorced in December 1913 and Dorothy had full custody of her son. After two years of living with her parents, Mrs. Gardner married Gerald R. Ford, a salesman in a family owned company. They then called her son Gerald Rudolff Ford, Jr., although they wouldn’t legally change his name until years afterwards. His new “parent” never actually adopted him either, although was still referred to as “Dad.” He had three half-brothers from his mother, Thomas Gardner Ford, Richard Addison Ford, and James Francis Ford. Ford had three more half-siblings, Marjorie King, Leslie Henry King, and Patricia Jane King, although he never met them.
Ford was oblivious of his peculiar birth condition until the age of sevente...

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... and for our Nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land." Ford was active after his presidency, and made appearances. In October 2001, Ford told the Republican party that gay and lesbian couples “[Should] be treated equally. Period." As Ford became older, he suffered two minor strokes in 2000, and in January, 2006 he spent 11 days at a hospital. By November 2006, he was kept in a bed in his study. President Ford had a coronary artery disease and aortic stenosis and insufficiency, caused by alteration of one of his heart valves.
Ford died on December 26, 2006, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 93 (and 165 days), making him the longest living president. he became the 11th president to “Lie in State,” Betty Ford died on July 8, 2011. They now rest on the grounds of the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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