38 Gerald R. Ford

38 Gerald R. Ford - Leah Betten Mr Bickerstaff Period 3...

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Leah Betten Mr. Bickerstaff Period 3 4/1/07 GERALD R. FORD I. President: Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. A. July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006 II. States: A. Nebraska born B. Washington, D.C. [MI] delegate for President III. Educational and Occupational background A. Education 1. University of Michigan (1931-1935) – prelaw & political science student; MVP football center → offered contracts by Lions and Green Bay Packers, turned down to study law a. Part scholarship b. Helped work way through 2. Got coaching job at Yale → wanted to go to law school there a. Turned down 1 st time applied to Yale Law School , b/c full time coach schedule b. Admitted on trial basis 2 nd time applied (1938), shocked administrators b/c maintained B average and placed in top third of class c. Received law degree in January 1941 3. Admitted to the Michigan bar (June 1941) B. Occupational 1. Military Service a. WWII (1942-1946) – navy, rose from ensign to lieutenant commander 2. Congressional a. Practiced law (1941-1948) (interrupted by WWII) b. U.S. Representative (1949-1973) – House Minority Leader (1965-1973) c. Vice President (1973-1974) (succession to President Nixon) IV. Dates of the terms of office A. 1974 – 1977 (Succeeded President Nixon) V. Prominent issues in each election – none. (succession) VI. Opponent(s) by term – none. VII. Vice President: Nelson A. Rockefeller (served 1974-1977) VIII. Political party: Republican IX. Domestic Happenings A. Nelson Rockefeller appointed as Vice President – Confirmation of Ford’s nominee for vice president, former New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, was held up for three months. Congress forced Rockefeller to publicly disclose
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his wealth and undergo a series of cross-examinations that many argued made it impossible for Rockefeller to be influential in the Ford Administration. B. Ford Pardons Richard Nixon – On September 9, 1974, President Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may or may not have committed. The pardon was the result of several weeks of negotiation between the Ford Administration and Nixon, then living at San Clemente, California. Analysts have speculated that the
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