President Gerald R. Ford / Boyhood Home

President Gerald R. Ford

In 1973 President Richard M. Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford vice president. He was confirmed by a vote of the House and Senate. Upon Nixon's resignation in 1974 because of Watergate Ford ascended to the presidency. At his inauguration, Ford said, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule." Ford ran for reelection in 1976 and was narrowly defeated by Jimmy Carter.
photo of President Gerald R. Ford / Boyhood Home
photo of President Gerald R. Ford / Boyhood Home

President Gerald R. Ford Boyhood Home

Gerald R. Ford, the thirty-eighth president of the United States lived here from the age of 8 to 17 (1921 - 1930). Of all his boyhood homes, Ford remembered this one most vividly in his autobiography. Ford recalled that he and his friends used the garage behind the house as a social club. "We learned to play penny-ante poker... it was a great hideaway because my parents wouldn't climb the ladder to the second floor-- or so I thought." Ford served Grand Rapids in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1949 - 1973.

Dedication: L-R, Secretary of State Candace Miller, Governor John Engler, President Gerald R Ford. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Historical Commission
Registered Site S0648
Erected 1995

Location: 649 Union SE
Grand Rapids, Kent County

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