1913 : President Gerald Ford Born

July 14, 2018 all-day

Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. As the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment (after Spiro Agnew had resigned), when he became President upon Richard Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the only President of the United States who was never elected President nor Vice-President by the Electoral College. Before ascending to the vice-presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as the Representative from Michigan’s 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.

In honor of the only President from Michigan, the Michigan Legislature passed the following legislation (MCL 435.302):

ec. 2.  (1) The legislature recognizes the exceptional contributions to American life, history, and leadership made by Gerald R. Ford, the thirty-eighth president of the United States and the only United States president from Michigan, who for decades has served the United States and the state of Michigan.  For much of his life, President Ford resided in Grand Rapids.  He attended South high school in Grand Rapids and the university of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He served with distinction as a member of the United States house of representatives, vice president of the United States, and president of the United States.  Among numerous other awards and honors, President Ford has received the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the nation, and the Congressional Gold Medal for his “dedicated public service and outstanding humanitarian contributions”.  In commemoration of the significant role Gerald R. Ford has played in the history of the state of Michigan and our nation, the legislature declares that July 14 of each year shall be known as “President Gerald R. Ford Day”.

(2) The legislature encourages each individual in the great state of Michigan to pause on President Gerald R. Ford day and reflect upon the significance of President Ford’s leadership and important contributions to the history of the state of Michigan and to the history of this great nation.

Source : Gerald Ford wikipedia entry

For another, see Angie Jackson, “Generations of Ford family return to Grand Rapids to mark President Ford’s 99th birthday”, MLive, July 14, 2012.

Zane McMillin, “From broken home to the White House: Gerald R. Ford’s legacy endures on 100th birthday”, MLive, July 14, 2013.

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