President Gerald Ford Dies At 93

The swearing in of President Ford by Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger.  Photo courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library

From AP, this sad news…

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.

“My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age,” Mrs. Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband’s office in Rancho Mirage. “His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.”

The statement did not say where Ford died or list a cause of death. Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments – including an angioplasty – in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who also died at 93. Ford had been living at his desert home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

Ford will forever be remember as the first president to assume power without ever being voted into office (he replaced Vice President Spiro Agnew), and his pardon of Richard Nixon. There were also several familiar faces in Ford’s White House including George Bush, Sr., and these two…

President Ford chats with Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld and Rumsfeld's assistant Richard Cheney in the Oval Office.  White House photo courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
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