Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. was the thirty-eighth president of the United States serving during the term of 4 years from 1974 to 1977, prior to which he had served as the first Vice President under the 25th Amendment (40th in lineage) from 1973 till he signed in as the president. He was the fifth in the presidential lineage never to be elected to post and the first to be not even elected for the vice presidential position. Gerald Rudolph Ford was born to Leslie Lynch King, Sr. and Dorothy Ayer Gardner on July 14, 1913. His parents divorced the following December and Ford’s mother gained full custody of him. He was brought up in the Great Rapids with the other children from his mother’s second marriage to Gerald Rudolf Ford. He attended University of Michigan Law School and later graduated form Yale Law School in 1941, his actual dream pursuit. His heroics in the US Navy earned him medals and respect in the naval fraternity.
Before taking over as the vice-president of USA in 1973, Gerald Rudolph Ford had served for the United States House of Representatives as the Republican Minority Leader. He had been originally elected as the member of the Congress in the year 1948 from Michigan.
Gerald Rudolph Ford’s domestic policy focused mainly on the economy of the country that was fairly weak and suffered from mild recessions and setbacks during his term. He introduced tax rebates and economic reformations that would allow the economy to take a more stringent pace towards development and progress. The Ford administration also had to handle the swine flu pandemic and unstable inflation rates. During this period of financial crunch, he had also signed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, 1975 without providing reliable information as to from where the budget for this program to succeed would come from.
In his foreign policies, Gerald Rudolph Ford had given the final withdrawal sign for the US troops in Vietnam in 1973. This was after the Khmer Rouge had conquered South Vietnam. Also, the signing of the Helsinki Accords by Ford was a major step in progressing towards détente in the Cold War. Though not wrought with crises, Gerald Rudolph Ford had a fairly simple state of foreign affairs to manage during his term at the president’s position.
But Gerald Rudolph Ford’s biggest threat and controversial coming was from his pardon to Richard Nixon on September 8, 1974. Nixon’s role in the Watergate scandal was heavily criticized and was hugely unpopular among the US senators ad public alike. But as of Ford’s own accord and will, he granted a presidential pardon to Nixon. This caused an outrage in the whole of US.
Ford was accused of exchanging the pardon for the resignation of Nixon himself that automatically propelled him to presidential power. This rumored offer was rubbished by Ford himself, and he stated that the presidential pardon was a thing he did of his own will and judgment. But this move made him face critical outrage and public denouncement of his ability to judge and justify. It was one of the major reasons of his loss in the next presidential elections to Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976. There had been two assassination attempts on his life, none of which were fatal. Ford died at the age of 93 at his home in California, of heart related diseases. He hadn’t been one of the most popular or effective presidents in the illustrious US history, but he had helped gain the US many allies which proved to be a long-term gain for the nation.