Betty Ford

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Betty Ford
Betty Ford, official White House photo color, 1974.jpg
Official portrait, 1974
First Lady of the United States
In role
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byPat Nixon
Succeeded byRosalynn Carter
Second Lady of the United States
In role
December 6, 1973 – August 9, 1974
Vice PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byJudy Agnew (Oct. 1973)
Succeeded byHappy Rockefeller (Dec. 1974)
1st Chairwoman of the Betty Ford Center
In office
October 4, 1982 – January 25, 2005[1]
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded bySusan Ford
Personal details
Elizabeth Anne Bloomer

(1918-04-08)April 8, 1918
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJuly 8, 2011(2011-07-08) (aged 93)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Resting placeGerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Political partyRepublican
William Warren
(m. 1942; div. 1947)

Gerald Ford
(m. 1948; died 2006)

Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the widow of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977.

Early life[change | change source]

She was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her birth name was Betty Bloomer. Her parents were Hortense Neahr and William Stephenson Bloomer. She was the third child of her parents. She had two older brothers named Robert and William, Jr. She spent her childhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from school there. In 1935, she graduated in dance from the Calla Travis Dance Studio. She gave dance lessons to earn money during the Great Depression.

Marriages[change | change source]

Betty Bloomer married William G. (Bill) Warren, a furniture salesman. But the marriage did not last long. They divorced in 1947.

After that she started dating Gerald Ford. Ford was a good football player at his college, and a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale Law School. They married on October 15, 1948. The Fords have three sons and one daughter:

Personal family[change | change source]

As of 2005, the Fords have seven grandchildren.

First Lady tenure[change | change source]

In 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned. Nixon had named Gerald Ford as the Vice President of the United States. After Nixon's resignation, Ford became the 38th President of the United States. Betty Ford became the First Lady.

As the First Lady, Betty Ford played an active role. She spoke on many issues. She spoke on political and many other things. She had an open mind, and spoke honestly about benefit of mild psychiatric treatment. She also talked about marijuana use and premarital sex. She always supported women's rights. Her surgery for breast cancer made the public more aware of this disease.

After being First Lady[change | change source]

In 1987, Betty Ford found a place into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. In 1978, she published her autobiography The Times of My Life. In 1999, President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford jointly got the Congressional Gold Medal, "in recognition of their dedicated public service and outstanding humanitarian contributions to the people of the United States of America."

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2003, Betty Ford published Healing and Hope: Six Women from the Betty Ford Center Share Their Powerful Journeys of Addiction and Recovery.

She was the active Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Betty Ford Center, until 2005, when she gave that position to her daughter, Susan.

Death[change | change source]

Betty Ford died on July 8, 2011 with her family by her bed.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Susan Ford -".
  2. "Former first lady Betty Ford dies at the age of 93". 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-07-08.