Nebraska Authors

Gerald R. Ford

AKA: Birth name Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

Born 1913-07-14 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 2006-12-26
Rancho Mirage, CA (USA)

Grand Rapids, MI (USA)
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Former President and Vice-President of the United States.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Oak Park, IL
Grand Rapids, MI
New Haven, CT
Washington, D.C.
Denver, CO
Palm Springs, CA
Rancho Mirage, CA

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Gerald R. Ford; United States Presidents; Watergate Scandal; Lee Harvey Oswald; Grand Rapids, MI; United States History; Richard M. Nixon; John F. Kennedy Assassination


High School Diploma, Grand Rapids South High School, Grand Rapids, MI
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, 1935, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Juris Doctor, 1941, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Honorary Doctorate, 1988, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT


Boxing Coach
Assistant Football Coach, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1949-1973
House Minority Leader, 1965-1973
Vice President of the United States, 1973-1974
President of the United States, 1974-1977
Co-Chair, National Commission on Federal Election Reform
Co-Chair, Continuity of Government Commission
Honorary Co-Chair, Council for Excellence in Government

Places Worked

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Private Law Practice, Grand Rapids, MI
United States Navy, World War II
United States House of Representatives, 1949-1973
United States Government, 1973-1977


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 66 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, May 1970, Boy Scouts of America
Silver Buffalo Award, Boy Scouts of America
Golden Pheasant Award, Scout Association of Japan, 1974
Old Tom Morris Award, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, 1985
Golden Palm Star Award, Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Lone Sailor Award, United States Navy Memorial Foundation, 1992
Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1999
John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award, 2001
Ford honored on United States Postage Stamp, issue of 2007

Many buildings and roads names after Ford, including:
Gerald R. Ford Freeway (Nebraska)
Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, Omaha, NE


Boy Scouts of America
Junior Chamber of Commerce Jaycees
American Legion
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Sons of the Revolution
Veterans of Foreign Wars


Portrait of the Assassin. 1965.
Selected Speeches. 1973.
A Time to Heal. 1979.
Humor and the Presidency. 1987.
Greater Grand Rapids : City that Works. 1998. (with John Corriveau)
A Time for Reflection: An Autobiography. 2003. (with William Simon)
A Presidential Legacy and The Warren Commission. 2006.
Write it When I'm Gone : Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford. 2007. (with Thomas DeFrank)

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