Timeline of Ford’s Life
Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States
July 14, 1913: Born in Omaha, Nebraska
1915: Moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan
1927: Achieved rank of Eagle Scout as member of Troop 15, Grand Rapids
1931: Graduated from Grand Rapids South High School as honor roll student
1934: Named Most Valuable Player on University of Michigan football team
1935: Received Bachelor of Arts degree University of Michigan
1941: Graduated from Yale Law School
April 13, 1942: Commissioned Ensign in U.S. Navy
1943–1944: Served aboard light aircraft carrier U.S.S. Monterey in Pacific
October 15, 1948: Married Elizabeth Bloomer of Grand Rapids
November 2, 1948: Elected to represent 5th District of Michigan in U.S. House of Representatives, first of 13 terms
March 14, 1950: Son, Michael Gerald (Mike), born in Washington, D.C.
March 16, 1952: Son, John Gardner (Jack), born in Washington, D.C.
May 19, 1956: Son, Steven Meigs (Steve), born in Washington, D.C.
July 6, 1957: Daughter, Susan Elizabeth (Susan), born in Washington, D.C.
January 1963: Elected chairman of House Republican Conference
1963-1964: Served as Member of Warren Commission to probe the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
January 4, 1965: Elected Republican Leader of U.S. House of Representatives
December 6, 1973: Sworn in as 40th Vice President of the United States under provisions of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
August 9, 1974: Sworn in as 38th President of the United States after resignation of Richard M. Nixon
1981: Dedication of the Gerald R. Ford Library and the Gerald R. Ford Museum
October, 1982: President and Mrs. Ford travel to Japan. President Ford is on an International Forum panel with Henry Kissinger. Forum discussions are held in Osaka and Tokyo.
February, 1983: President Ford and President Jimmy Carter co-chair The First Presidential Library Conference on the Public and Public Policy, Ford Library.
November, 1984: President Ford participates in the Symposium on New Weapons Technologies and Soviet-American Relations in Ann Arbor, co-hosted with President Carter.
April, 1985: President Ford participates in the Arms Control Conference at Carter Center, a final symposium of three on Soviet-American Relations.
September, 1986: President Ford participates in The Humor and the Presidency Conference at the Ford Museum.
1988: President Ford is co-chair with President Carter of The American Agenda.
Submitted by the Gerald R. Ford Library.