2016 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Dollar
Thirty-Eighth in the Presidential Dollars Collection
Gerald R. Ford was born in Omaha, Nebraska, as Leslie Lynch King Jr. on July 14, 1913; when his mother remarried, he adopted his step-father’s name. A gifted athlete, he played on the University of Michigan’s 1932 and 1933 undefeated national championship football teams.
After serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific in World War II, Ford won election to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from Michigan. One of the most respected House members, he won reelection in each of the next 12 cycles and became House minority leader in 1964.
When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973, President Richard Nixon appointed Ford as his new Vice President and Ford was sworn in on December 6, 1973. Less than eight months later on August 9, 1974, Ford unexpectedly became President when Nixon was forced to resign due to his attempted cover-up of the Watergate scandal. He is the only President who was never elected as either President or Vice President.
Ford granted Nixon a pardon for his role in the Watergate scandal and was President during the nation’s bicentennial celebrations in 1976. He was the Republican nominee for President in 1976, but he lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter. His term lasted less than two-and-a-half years – making his the fifth-shortest Presidency in history. He died on December 26, 2006.
This is a 2016 Philadelphia Gold Plated Uncirculated coin in a capsule - Gerald R. Ford