He was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska. His biological father left the family when Ford was three years old. His mother’s second husband, Gerald Ford, adopted the young boy and gave him his name.
After World War II, and the University of Michigan, Ford was elected to the US House in 1946. He rose to become the House Minority Leader and also served in The Warren Commission put together to investigate President Kennedy's assassination.
In 1973, he became VP Ford after VP Agnew resigned. On August 9, 1974, he succeeded President Nixon and became the 38th president of the US.
His term got off to a rough start when he pardoned President Nixon. It turned out to be the right decision but he paid a big political price. Add to this the small recession of 1975-76 and Mr Ford was defeated in 1976 by Governor Carter in a very close election.
In 1979, he wrote "A time to heal", a wonderful memoir that I couldn't out down in a flight between Mexico City and Baltimore.
We remember a great man today, as Douglas Brinkley reminded us with his great book: