President Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. President Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
|Birth||14 JUL 1913|
|Other||3 DEC 1935|
Changed Name to Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
|Military||USA Navy / Lieutenant Commander / World War II|
|Reside||9 AUG 1974|
Became President after Nixon's Resignation
|Election||1976||USA Presidential Election|
|Death||26 DEC 2006|
|Grave||3 JAN 2007|
Gerald R. Ford was a child of a broken marriage. He was born Leslie Lynch King on July 14, 1913 to Dorothy Gardner and Leslie King. That marriage foundered almost from the start; they were divorced in 1915 and Mrs. King returned to her parents' home in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her young son. Dorothy King, attractive and in her early twenties, caught the eye of a young bachelor, Gerald R. Ford, at an Episcopal social and they were soon married. Formal adoption papers were taken out for her young son, who was renamed Gerald R. Ford, Jr. He was raised by a devoted and wise stepfather.
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