The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford was the 38th President of the United States, after gaining the position through extraordinary circumstances. His good will and friendly demeanor helped him climb the political ladder higher than even he had anticipated. His career in politics began with his law firm, yet ended up in the oval office. While his presidency was short lived, it is remembered due to numerous crucial decisions he had to make.
After graduating from Yale with a law degree in 1941, Gerald R. Ford returned to his home town of Grand Rapids Michigan to start a law firm with his friend Phillip Buchen. He also became active in local politics. However, less than a year passed before he joined the Navy in 1942 to assist in the United States’ World War II efforts. For two years he served in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Annapolis, Maryland as a physical trainer for the soldiers preparing to leave for battle. In 1944 he was sent onto the seas aboard the USS Monterey, where he served as both an athletic and gunnery officer. In 1945, Ford was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and stationed in Illinois where he spent the next two years training new naval officers ("Gerald R. Ford Timeline" 3). The time Ford spent in the Navy became needed experience and expertise he needed during multiple events in his presidency.
After his time in the time in the Navy ended in 1946, Ford began to pursue a deeper career in politics. In 1948, he was elected to the House of Representatives for Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District. Ford was a member of the House of Representatives from 1948 to 1973. During his time there he served on committees for house appropriations, military pending, CIA, and foreign aid (“Gerald Ford Fast Facts” 2). As a hard worker and an overall amiable man, Ford quickly began to rise through the ranks in the House. In 1965 he was became the minority leader in the House, and in 1968 and 1972 he served as the chairman for the Republican National Convention (“Gerald Ford Fast Facts” 2).
During his time in the House, Ford never gave any indication that the he was even the slightest bit interested in becoming president. As a matter of fact, his route to the presidency was more circumstantial than intentional. In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned from office due to a kick-back scandal ("Gerald R. Ford Timeline" 3). President Richard Nixon then decided to select Ford as the new vice president, knowing that Ford’s reputation in Congress would make him the only candidate both houses and parties would accept. As the vice president, Ford was not very active. Even more so, he intentionally chose to stay out of the way; perhaps because he did not want to be associated with the actions and policies of the Nixon administration. Next, as is popular knowledge, President Nixon resigned after the Watergate scandal came to light, leaving Ford to become the President.
Gerald R. Ford was sworn in on August 9, 1974, as the United State’s 38th...