Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Gerald Ford dead at 93

Gerald Ford, the 38th and only unelected president in the country's history, passed away Tuesday. He was 93.

Ford is best known for facing the unenviable task of picking up the pieces left shattered in America's idealism following the scandal-ridden investigation that tainted Richard Nixon's presidency.

Ford only held the highest office in the land for 895 days. His pardon of Nixon likely cost him his own election and another four years in the Oval Office, but it was applauded years later as an act that began the nation's healing process following Watergate.

In a sports sense, Ford was the glue of Michigan's offensive line during back- to-back football national championships in 1932 and 1933. The Wolverines went undefeated both seasons, and Ford was named the team's Most Valuable Player during his senior season.

Ford eventually chose Yale Law School over NFL offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.

It was a sign of his life's passion.

He was the longest-living president, followed closely by Ronald Reagan, who also passed away at 93.

A family statement did not mention the cause of death. Ford battled pneumonia last January and underwent two heart treatments in August.

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