Gerald R Ford - 38th President Dies At 93 In California of Bowel Obstruction Impaction- Wife Betty Confirms Death of Oldest Pres

Gerald R Ford - 38th President Dies At 93 In California of Bowel Obstruction Impaction- Wife Betty Confirms Death of Oldest Pres

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Gerald R. Ford, the 38th and only unelected president in America's history died Tuesday at the age of 93. His wife Betty Ford said in a statement "My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age. His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."

Although the statement did not give the location of his death, it is believed the 38th President died at approximately 11:49 p.m. of a severely impacted bowel obstruction at his home in Rancho Mirage California (near Palm Springs East of Los Angeles). President Bush said “Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford. President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country.”

Ford was born July 14th, 1913 in Omaha Nebraska and was originally named Leslie Lynch King, Jr., after his biological father. After his mother remarried he was given the name of his step father. Ford obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a football star. He went on to obtain a law degree from Yale University before serving in the United States Navy during World War II.

He represented the Grand Rapids, Michigan area in the United States House of Representatives from 1948 and was elected House Minority Leader in 1963 and served in the House until 1973.

After Spiro Agnew resigned, Ford was appointed Vice President by then President Richard Nixon. It was the height of the Watergate scandal and Nixon later resigned as well making Ford President in 1974. Ford will be remembered for several things, including his pardon of Richard Nixon.

He served as President until 1977 when he lost reelection to Jimmy Carter. The Ford administration saw the withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam, the execution of the Helsinki Accords, and the continuing specter of inflation and recession. Faced with an overwhelmingly Democratic majority in Congress, the administration was hampered in its ability to pass major legislation, and Ford's vetoes were frequently overridden.

On November 12, 2006, Ford officially became the longest-lived President, surpassing Ronald Reagan. He had the second-longest post-presidency after Herbert Hoover. John Adams, Ford, Reagan and Hoover were the only Presidents to live past 90 years of age. Gerald and Betty Ford held the record as the longest-lived First Couple, at ages 93 and 88 respectively. Ford was the longest living member of the Warren Commission.

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By Dan Wilson
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