FORMER PRESIDENT FORD DIES


Former President Gerald Ford died Tuesday at the age of 93. His wife Betty Ford did not say where he died or give a cause of death. Gerald Ford became president in 1974 after the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Gerald Ford didn't have that name when he was
born in 1913. His birth name was Leslie King, changed after his mother
remarried and his stepfather, Gerald Ford, Sr., handed down the
name.
Ford didn't meet his biological father until he was a senior in
high school.
After playing football with the championship-winning University
of Michigan in 1932 and '33, Ford received offers to play
professionally. But he opted instead to study law at Yale, and
entered politics as a volunteer for the 1940 Republican
presidential campaign.
After serving with the Navy in the Pacific during World War Two,
Ford returned to Michigan to practice law, becoming active in
Republican reform politics.
In 1948, Ford beat a Republican incumbent in the Michigan
congressional primary. He then went on to win the House seat, with
a little more than 60 percent of the vote.

President Bush says he's "greatly saddened" by the death of the former President.
A Bush statement released from his Texas ranch calls Ford "a
great American who gave many years of dedicated service" to the
country.
Bush praised Ford for "his quiet integrity, common sense and
kind instincts." He credited Ford with helping to heal the nation
and restoring confidence in the presidency.
The president also said his thoughts and prayers and those of
the first lady are with Betty Ford and all of the former
president's family.

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