Why did president Ford change his name? The elder Ford never legally adopted the president. The president changed his name in 1935 after the deaths of his paternal King family grandparents to an Anglicized version of his stepfather’s name: Gerald Rudolph Ford.
Was Ford Speaker of the House? Ford was known to his colleagues in the House as a “Congressman’s Congressman”. In the early 1950s, Ford declined offers to run for either the Senate or the Michigan governorship. Rather, his ambition was to become Speaker of the House, which he called “the ultimate achievement.
What was Gerald Ford’s most controversial act as president? Ford’s first major act upon taking office was to grant a presidential pardon to Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal, prompting a major backlash to Ford’s presidency. He also created a conditional clemency program for Vietnam War draft dodgers.
Is Gerald Ford still alive?