Photo Credit: LaClare
July 14, 1913
December 26, 2006
Rancho Mirage, California
Lived and Worked:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
330 S. Washington Sq.
Inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame on May 25, 2006, President Gerald R. Ford is the first and currently the only Michiganian to serve as President of the United States of America. Raised in Grand Rapids, Ford was an Eagle Scout, and an outstanding student and football star at South High School. He graduated from the University of Michigan where he also was voted most valuable player on the football team, and later earned his law degree at Yale.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he represented the U.S. 5th Congressional District for a quarter century, earning national recognition during eight years as minority leader. While in Congress, Ford was involved in dramatic changes within the Republican Party as a member of the “Young Turks”.
Named by Richard Nixon to fill the vice presidential vacancy in 1973, Ford became President upon Nixon's resignation the following year.
Ford's integrity and leadership restored confidence in government at a critical time in our nation's history. Ford retired to California after leaving the Presidency, but continues to be involved in both Michigan and national politics.