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President Gerald Ford
1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Voice: 734-205-0555

Our thirty-eighth president was born on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Michigan and Yale Law School. He served in the Navy in World War II, and after returning to the United States, became a member in the House of Representatives as Republican. After becoming a House minority leader, he was nominated and approved for Vice President by President Nixon after Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned.

After President Nixon resigned, Gerald R. Ford became president. He was given a list of challenging tasks that needed to be done. Of these challenges were, mastering inflation, reviving a depressed economy, solving energy shortages, and world peace.

Ford used Government intervention and spending as a way to solve the problems facing the nation. All the spending lead to a recession which made him gravely unpopular. Ford made it his goal to help businesses operate more easily by reducing the taxes on them, and easing the control regulatory agencies had over them.

Another major objective was preventing war in the Middle East. The Ford Administration helped to persuade Israel and Egypt to accept an interim truce agreement. The United States and the Soviet Union set new nuclear limitations.

Gerald R. Ford lost the following election to Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia. He died on December 26, 2006 at the age of 93.




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