38th U.S. president who became the first president not to be elected by the Electoral College after he ascended to office following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
He granted a presidential pardon to Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. It was initially controversial at the time and many believed this was why he lost the next election to Jimmy Carter.
He was perceived to be a stumblebum by the general public, thanks in part to Chevy Chase's scathing portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live.
He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, rising to its highest rank, Eagle Scout. He played center and linebacker for the University of Michigan's football team, where he helped the Wolverines to undefeated seasons and national titles in 1932 and 1933.
His grandfather, Charles Henry King, was a prominent banker. He was married to Betty Ford from 1948 until his death.
- The meaning of the name Ford: River Crossing