Here's a look at the life of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States
Personal: Birth Date: July 14, 1913
Death Date: December 26, 2006
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska (grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Birth Name: Leslie Lynch King Jr.; adopted by his mother's second husband; name legally changed to Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.
Father: Leslie Lynch King, Sr.
Mother: Dorothy Ayer (Gardner) King
Marriage: Betty (Bloomer) Ford (October 15, 1948-December 26, 2006, his death)
Children: Susan Ford Bales, July 6, 1957; Steven Meigs Ford, May 19, 1956; Michael Gerald Ford, March 14, 1950
Education: University of Michigan, B.A., 1935, Economics and Political Science; Yale Law School, L.L.B., 1941
Military: U.S. Navy, 1942-1946; U.S. Naval Reserves, 1946-1963
Other Facts: The only person to serve as both president and vice president of the United States who was never elected to either office.
On November 13, 2006, he became the longest living U.S. president, at 93 years and 121 days, passing Ronald Reagan's record.
First Eagle Scout to be president.
Strong supporter of Boys Scouts of America and adoption.
Timeline: 1935-1941 - After graduating from the University of Michigan, Ford receives two offers from professional football teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. Instead, he works at Yale University as a boxing coach and assistant football coach and finishes law school there.
November 2, 1948 - Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Michigan's Fifth Congressional District.
January 3, 1949-December 6, 1973 - Serves in the House of Representatives.
1949 - Serves on the House Committee for Public Works.
1951 - Transfers to the House Appropriations Committee; later a member of the military spending, CIA, and foreign aid subcommittees.
1963 - Chairman of the House Republican Conference.
1963-1964 - Serves on the Warren Commission.
1965 - 1973 - House Minority Leader.
1968 - Chairman of the Republican National Convention.