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Gerald Ford

(1913 - 2006)

Alexandria was the home of Gerald R. Ford and his family for more than 20 years. Gerald Ford and his family moved to a rental property in Parkfairfax in 1951, when he was in his second term in Congress (R-Michigan).

In the spring of 1955, the family moved to their home at 514 Crown View Drive. During the Fords' years in their Clover neighborhood home, they were active in the community and their children attended Alexandria City Public Schools.

During Ford's 12th term in Congress, President Nixon nominated him as Vice President after the Spiro T. Agnew resigned. Ford became Vice President on December 6, 1973. President Nixon, embroiled in the Watergate scandal, resigned less than a year later, and Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974. President Ford and his family continued to live at Crown View Drive for ten days before moving to the White House.

President Ford died on December 26, 2006, at the age of 93. In honor of his years in Alexandria, his funeral motorcade passed through Alexandria on December 30, as it traveled from Andrews Air Force Base en route to the U. S. Capitol. Hundreds of people lined Washington Street to bid farewell to one of their most famous residents.

ford family 1958

 

 Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library

 

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