Gerald Ford, 38th president and only unelected president in American history, died at age 93 on Tuesday according to his wife, Betty Ford. Mrs. Ford released a statement on Tuesday from her husband’s office in Rancho Mirage, California. The statement did not state the cause of death or where he died. It is known that Ford contracted pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent an angioplasty this last August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Ford is the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who died at the age of 93 as well.

Ford’s humble nature and integrity was a breath of fresh air for the American people after coming out of the Watergate scandal with Richard Nixon. Ford took over for Nixon on August 9th, 1974, when taped evidence was found that proved that Nixon had helped in the cover-up for a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters. Ford was appointed as Nixon’s 2nd vice president after Spiro Agnew had been found taking kickbacks from Maryland contractors and was forced to resign by the Justice Department. Ford had intended to retire in 1976, but when the opportunity arose, he decided it would be a good way to finish his political career, so he accepted.

While Ford was known for his trusting and simple nature, he was far from being uneducated. Ford graduated in the top third of his class at Yale Law School in 1941. Also an athlete, Ford was a star football player at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 1935.

A true American, Ford also served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1946. Among other things, he worked onboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific during his time of service.

Ford will always be known as a great man and a great president who stepped up in a time of great need for the American people.


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