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Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, was known for most of his life as Gerald "Jerry" Ford. However, Ford was not born with this name. Gerald Ford was born in 1913 as Leslie King Jr., named after his father. Unfortunately, his biological father was abusive and so his mother divorced Leslie King Sr. shortly after Ford's birth. Two years later, Ford's mother met and married Gerald Ford Sr. and Ford's family began to call him Gerald Ford Jr. rather than Leslie King Jr. Although from about age two Ford was known as Gerald Ford Jr., the name change was not made official until December 3, 1935, when Ford was 22 years old.


January 2, 2007 at 10:55 am
(1) Deborah Wright says:

I was able to vote in the election of Gerald Ford, for it was my first election as a teenager. I never regreted the vote. He was a unseemly gentleman which you can’t find for the most part. My sympathy goes to the Ford family. I lost my dear father in January and he was a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a friend to all. I too spoke at my Dad’s funeral and understand all the feelings desplayed today for the Ford family.

February 22, 2007 at 4:54 pm
(2) Raj says:

hey thank u

October 19, 2007 at 6:13 pm
(3) Myrna Goldsmith says:

Paul Harvey of radio fame just told this story, what a wonderful story.
Indeed the American Dream.

September 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm
(4) dirty bird says:

I never knew until I read it.

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