WASHINGTON (BP)--Gerald R. Ford, whose legacy as the 38th president of the United States was in helping to bring healing in the wake of the Watergate crisis, died Dec. 26.
Ford, 93, lived longer than any U.S. president. Ford’s widow, Betty, announced his death in a brief, written statement from their Rancho Mirage, Calif., home in which she said her husband’s "life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."
Ford was best known for his attempt to restore confidence in government and the presidency when he ascended from vice president after the 1974 resignation of President Richard Nixon under the threat of impeachment. A month later, Ford pardoned Nixon, a move that produced an onslaught of criticism and may have cost him the 1976 election in a narrow loss to Democrat Jimmy Carter. Read More