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FORD, Gerald Rudolph, jr. [1913-2006] -- American politician, 38 POTUS

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He was the first president not elected to that office or that of Vice President. He became vice president when Richard Nixon appointed him to the office following Spiro Agnew's resignation. He then succeeded Nixon as President of the United States when Nixon resigned. As president, Ford then appointed Nelson Rockefeller as his vPOTUS under the provisions of the same 25 amendment by which he (Ford) had been appointed by Nixon.

Ford survived two assassination attempts in one month, both by women, both followers of Charles Manson.

Born Leslie Lynch King, his parents were divorced shortly after his birth. When his mother remarried, his stepfather adopted him and he subsequently changed his name.

In his youth, at the University of Michigan, he was a gifted athlete and serious football star.  -30-
 

Chronology

1942-1946
US Navy
1949-1973
US Representative from MI
1973/12/06
Resigns as MI Rep. to become 40 vPOTUS
1973/12/06
First vice president installed by provisions of 25 amendment, i.e. by presidential nomination and approval of both houses (when Agnew resigned)
1974
Ford nominates Nelson Rockefeller as vPOTUS
1974/08/09
Sworn as 38 POTUS
1974/08/09
Only POTUS never elected to that office or to the vice presidency
1974/09/08
Ford pardons Nixon
1974/12/19
Only person twice affected by provisions of the 25 amendment, once as appointee, once as appointer!
1974/12/19
Rockefeller becomes Ford's vPOTUS
1975/09/05
Assassination attempt #1 (Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme)
1975/09/22
Assassination attempt #2 (Sara Jane Moore)
1977
Ford awards Rockefeller the Presidential Medal of Freedom
2006/12/26
He was the longest-lived US president, 93y

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