Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. Prior to this he was the 40th Vice President of the United States, serving from 1973 until President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.

He ascended to the office of President in 1974 when President Nixon resigned. He was appointed vice president the year before, making him the only president to never be elected nationally in some capacity. Ford later appointed vice-president Nelson Rockefeller, making a President/Vice President duo never elected by the people. On the 13th of November 2006, Ford became the longest living U.S. president, at 93 years and 121 days, passing Ronald Reagan's record.