Gerald R. Ford Burial Site

303 Pearl St. NW Grand Rapids, MI

Gravesite of President Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. and Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford

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Burial Site of Gerald R. Ford

Photo taken by Karen Bittinger in June 2007

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Gerald R. Ford was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother separaed from his father and moved, eventually, to Grand Rapids, Michigan. There she married Gerald Rudolff Ford in 1916. They began calling her son Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. althugh he was never formally adopted by his step father. His name was not leagally changed until 1935.

Ford was an Eagle Scout, the only POTUS to have achieved the status of Eagle Scout.

Ford attended the University of Michigan and played center, linebacker, and long snapper on the 1932 and 1933 National Champion Wolverine football teams. He also played on the dismal 1934 team but was the star player. He was offered contracts by both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions but turned down both offers to attend law school. He maintained his connection to the University of Michigan throughout his life and had the Navy Band play the Michigan fight song at state events instead of Hail to the Chief.

Ford served in the navy aboard and aircraft carrier during WWII. He ran for, and was elected to congress in 1948. He served in the house for 25 years. During his career, he served on the Warren Commission. After Lyndon Johnson defeaed Barry Goldwater in 1964 and the Democrats took the house, Ford became House Minority Leader. He served as Minority Leader until December 6, 1973, when he was appointed Vice President under the 25th Amendment. He was appointed to replace Spiro Agnew, who had resigned under pressure.

On August 9, 1974, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States by the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. He was the first, and so far only, POTUS that was not elected to either the office of Vice-President or President. He was defeated in a 1976 bid for election by Jimmy Carter of Georgia.

Ford died on December 26, 2006 and in January 2007 was interred at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (The University of Michigan band played the Michigan fight song for him one last time during the procession to the gravesite from the Gerald R. Ford airport in Grand Rapids.)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2020: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing and added description
  • August 15, 2010: Added by Karen Bittinger

Sources 

  • Karen Bittinger - kasubi [at] verizon [dot] net
  • J.R. Manning - Lugnuts969 [at] gmail [dot] com