|First Lady of the United States|
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
|Preceded by||Pat Nixon|
|Succeeded by||Rosalynn Carter|
|Second Lady of the United States|
December 6, 1973 – August 9, 1974
|Vice President||Gerald Ford|
|Preceded by||Judy Agnew (Oct. 1973)|
|Succeeded by||Happy Rockefeller (Dec. 1974)|
|1st Chairwoman of the Betty Ford Center|
October 4, 1982 – January 25, 2005
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Susan Ford|
Elizabeth Anne Bloomer
April 8, 1918
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||July 8, 2011 (aged 93)|
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum|
(m. 1948; died 2006)
Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was an American spokesperson and women's rights activist who served as the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. She also served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1973 to 1974 when her husband was vice president.
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.
Second Lady of the United States (1973 –1974)[change | change source]
In October 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated her husband, Gerald Ford to serve as the vice president after his vice president resigned. On December 6, 1973, and Gerald Ford was confirmed by U.S. Congress, then assumed the office of vice president and She became the new Second Lady of the United States.
First Lady of the United States (1974 –1977)[change | change source]
On August 9, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned and her husband became the 38th President of the United States, and she became the new First Lady of the United States. As first lady, she had high approval ratings and was noticeable for supporting breast cancer awareness, the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion rights, feminism and equal pay.
Death[change | change source]
On July 8, 2011, Betty Ford died to natural causes and was buried next to her husband on July 14, 2011 at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
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.
References[change | change source]
- "Susan Ford - C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org.