Gerald Rudolph Ford was the 38th U.S. President.
Born Leslie Lynch King, Jr., on JULY 14, 1913, he was renamed by his stepfather.
He was the only Eagle Scout to be President.
He attended the University of Michigan on a football scholarship, graduated from Yale Law School and served in the Navy during World War II.
Gerald Ford was House Minority Leader until chosen to be Vice-President when Spiro Agnew resigned, then President when Richard Nixon resigned.
He was the only President not elected.
Gerald Ford stated upon assuming the Presidency, August 9, 1974:
“I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers.”
On September 8, 1974, President Ford stated:
“The Constitution is the supreme law of our land and it governs our actions as citizens. Only the laws of God, which govern our consciences, are superior to it.
As we are a Nation under God, so I am sworn to uphold our laws with the help of God.”
In a Proclamation of Prayer, December 5, 1974, President Ford quoted President Eisenhower:
“Without God there could be no American form of government… Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first-the most basic-expression of Americanism.”
At a Southern Methodist University Convocation, September 13, 1975, President Ford stated:
“I see a century…which equips young men and women…to make their own decisions rather than permit their future to be programmed by massive government structures that an imaginative writer foresaw for 1984–a nightmarish fantasy of what our third century could be.
It is my deepest conviction that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have…
Men and women must prevail over the endless agencies and bureaus that would reduce human beings to computerized abstractions and program people into numbers and statistics.
Today’s mounting danger is from mass government…we must not let them prevail…
Never forget that in America our sovereign is the citizen…The state is a servant…It must never become an anonymous monstrosity that masters everyone.”