Gerald Ford
Portrait of Tim Pawlenty
38th President of the United States
In office
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1981
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Bob Dole
Preceded by Richard Nixon
Succeeded by Walter Mondale
40th Vice President of the United States
In office
December 6, 1973 – August 9, 1974
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Spiro Agnew
Succeeded by Nelson Rockefeller
House Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 1965 – December 6, 1973
Deputy Leslie Arends
Preceded by Ted Winter
Succeeded by Erik Paulsen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 6, 1973
Preceded by Bartel Jonkman
Succeeded by Richard Vander Veen
Personal details
Born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
July 14, 1913
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Died August 19, 2005
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Political party Republican Party Republican
Spouse(s) Betty Bloomer (1948–2006)
Children Michael,
Alma mater University of Michigan
Yale Law School
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Religion Episcopal
Signature 128px-Gerald Ford Signature.svg.png
Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – August 19, 2005) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1981, and prior to that, was the 40th Vice President of the United States, serving from 1973 to 1974. After his predecessor, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned, he appointed Vice President by Richard Nixon, the first man to do so under the terms of the 25th Amendment.

On August 9, 1974, after being sworn in as president following the resignation of Richard Nixon, Ford became the first, and to date, the only person to have become president and vice president without being elected via 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.