Gerald Rudolff Ford

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Gerald Rudolff Ford (December 9, 1890 – January 26, 1962) was a Grand Rapids businessman and Republican politician who was the stepfather of U.S. President Gerald Ford and for whom Ford legally changed his name.Herbert Barry III, "Birth Order and Paternal Namesake as Predictors of Affiliation with Predecessor by Presidents of the United States" Political Psychology Vol. 1, No. 2 (Autumn, 1979), pp. 61-66

Ford was born and died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he raised the future President.

The senior Ford's father George Ford died in a train accident in 1903 forcing him to drop out of school to support the family. He was working as a paint salesman at the Grand Rapids Wood Finishing Company when he met the future President's mother Dorothy Ayer Gardner King who in 1913 had fled to Michigan from Omaha, Nebraska 16 days after the President's birth after she said the birth father Leslie Lynch King, Sr. had physically abused her. Dorothy's parents Levi Addison Gardner and Adele Augusta Ayer Gardner lived in the town.

The couple married on February 1, 1917 following Dorothy's divorce from King when the future President was three and began calling Dorothy's first son "Gerald."

Gerald Rudolff Ford and Dorothy Ford bore three children - Thomas Gardner Ford (July 15, 1918 - August 28, 1995); Richard Addison Ford (born June 3,...
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