Gerald Rudolph (King) Ford Jr.

Leslie Lynch (King) Ford Jr. (1913 - 2006)

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President Leslie Lynch (Gerald Rudolph) "Jerry" Ford Jr. formerly King
Born in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States of Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 15 Oct 1948 in Grand Rapids, Michiganmap
Father of [private son (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Rancho Mirage, California, United States of Americamap
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Gerald Rudolph (King) Ford Jr. was the President of the United States.
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Preceded by
37th President
Richard Nixon

Preceded by
39th Vice President
Spiro Agnew
Gerald R. Ford
38th President
of the United States
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40th Vice President
of the United States
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Succeeded by
39th President
Jimmy Carter

Succeeded by
41st Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller



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"Gerald Ford, Sr., married Dorothy King nee Gardner, the President's mother, after her divorce from Leslie L King, the President's biological father. Gerald Ford, Sr., never formally adopted the future President, although some media refer to him as the President's adoptive father. Gerald Ford, Jr., was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. on 14 July 1913. His parents separated when he was just two weeks old. In 1916, Gerald Ford's mother Dorothy remarried to Gerald R. Ford, a Grand Rapids, Michigan paint salesman. The Fords began calling Dorothy's son Gerald R. Ford, Jr., although his name was not legally changed until 1935, Gerald Ford, Jr. formally changed his name in 1935, in honor of his stepfather, the only father he really had. "

Gerald R. Ford
Thirty -Eighth President 1974-1977

Born: July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska
Married to Elizabeth Bloomer Ford

38th U.S. President; born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

Fast Fact: Gerald R. Ford set out to restore confidence in the Presidency.

When Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office on August 9, 1974,he declared, "I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances.... This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts." It was indeed an unprecedented time. He had been the first Vice President chosen under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment and, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President ever to resign. Ford was confronted with almost insuperable tasks. There were the challenges of mastering inflation, reviving a depressed economy, solving chronic energy shortages, and trying to ensure world peace.
The President acted to curb the trend toward Government intervention and spending as a means of solving the problems of American society and the economy. In the long run, he believed, this shift would bring a better life for all Americans. Ford's reputation for integrity and openness had made him popular during his 25 years in Congress. From 1965 to 1973, he was House Minority Leader. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1913, he grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He starred on the University of Michigan football team, then went to Yale, where he served as assistant coach while earning his law degree. During World War II he attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy. After the war he returned to Grand Rapids, where he began the practice of law, and entered Republican politics. A few weeks before his election to Congress in 1948, he married Elizabeth Bloomer. They have four children: Michael, John, Steven, and Susan.

As President, Ford tried to calm earlier controversies by granting former President Nixon a full pardon. His nominee for Vice President, former Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, was the second person to fill that office by appointment. Gradually, Ford selected a cabinet of his own. Ford established his policies during his first year in office, despite opposition from a heavily Democratic Congress. His first goal was to curb inflation. Then, when recession became the Nation's most serious domestic problem, he shifted to measures aimed at stimulating the economy. But, still fearing inflation, Ford vetoed a number of non-military appropriations bills that would have further increased the already heavy budgetary deficit. During his first 14 months as President the vetoed 39 measures. His vetoes were usually sustained.

Ford continued as he had in his Congressional days to view himself as "a moderate in domestic affairs, a conservative in fiscal affairs, and a dyed-in-the-wool internationalist in foreign affairs." A major goal was to help business operate more freely by reducing taxes upon it and easing the controls exercised by regulatory agencies. "We...declared our independence 200 years ago, and we are not about to lose it now to paper shufflers and computers," he said.

In foreign affairs Ford acted vigorously to maintain U. S. power and prestige after the collapse of Cambodia and South Viet Nam. Preventing a new war in the Middle East remained a major objective; by providing aid to both Israel and Egypt,the Ford Administration helped persuade the two countries to accept an interim truce agreement. Detente with the Soviet Union continued. President Ford and Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev set new limitations upon nuclear weapons.

President Ford won the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 1976, but lost the election to his Democratic opponent, former Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia. On Inauguration Day, President Carter began his speech: "For myself and for our Nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land." A grateful people concurred.[1][2]

In his youth, he was a Boy Scout and reached the highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Freemasons Initiated on September 30, 1949--"Gerald Ford (July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977. Initiated on September 30, 1949 in Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Passed on April 20, 1951 and raised on May 18 of that year in Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington, D.C. Received the 33rd Degree on September 26, 1962. Made Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay in April 1975.
"Columbia Lodge No. 3 received a request by the Grand Secretary of Michigan to confer the Fellow Craft and Master Mason Degrees, as a Courtesy to Malta Lodge No. 465 of Michigan, to an Entered Apprentice and a junior member of the US House of Representatives by the name of Gerald R. Ford Jr. Subsequently, the courtesy Degrees were conferred on April 20th and May 18th, 1951 respectively. Gerald R. Ford Jr. spent 25 years in Congress, he served as House Minority Leader, and on August 9th, 1974 he was sworn-in as the 38th President of the United States (1974-1977)."


Name: Leslie Lynch King Jr.[3][4]
Name: Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr.[3]


Birth Date: 14 JUL 1913
Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA[4][5][6]


Death Date: 26 DEC 2006
Place: Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA[6]


Title: President (38)[6]


  1. Columbia Lodge 3
  2. Freemasons
  1. Encyclpedia Britannica at
  2. Whitehouse History: p Presidents]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notable Kin: Gerald Ford
  4. 4.0 4.1 OneWorldTree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc. Gerald Ford
  5. Gary Boyd Roberts. "Notable Kin, Volume One. Carl Boyer, 3rd; Location: Santa Clarita, California; Date: 1998; Published in cooperation with the New England Historic genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Repository: Fitzpatrick Home Library.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Gary Boyd Roberts. "Ancestors of American Presidents". p. 449. New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; Date: 2009.

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Shouldn't the office of the President be above the VP in the succession box? I believe that's the custom at WT - if no one objects, I'll reverse the order.
posted by SJ Baty
Still missing the vice president succession box
posted by R Prior
Missing from vice president succession box.
posted by Michael Stills
may we add

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"Gerald Ford July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006 August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977 Initiated on September 30, 1949 in Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Passed on April 20, 1951 and raised on May 18 of that year in Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington, D.C. Received the 33rd Degree on September 26, 1962. Made Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay in April 1975." he is a Freemasonry..........

posted by Carole Taylor
Gerald Rudolph (King) Ford Jr. is notable.
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posted by Doug Lockwood

Gerald Rudolph is 18 degrees from Donald Howard, 16 degrees from Julia Howe and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.