Today in Michigan History

April 14, 1913

Gerald R. Ford was born.

Born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska, the future 38th president of the United States moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his mother to live with her parents following a divorce in 1914. In 1916, after his mother remarried, King was named after his stepfather, Gerald Rudolph Ford. After World War II, Ford entered a political career that led to the White House in 1974.

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Today in Michigan History

October 12, 1973

Gerald R. Ford was nominated to the vice presidency.

Selected by President Richard Nixon to replace Spiro Agnew, who resigned the vice presidency amidst scandal, Congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan found quick and easy support among his colleagues on Capitol Hill. Ford was sworn in on December 6, 1973.

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