Gerald Ford: Success Despite Secrets

Gerald Ford: Success Despite Secrets

What do you hide from your kids? Probably not as much as President Gerald Ford’s mother and stepfather did. A victim of domestic violence, Dorothy Ayer Gardner fled her son’s biological father soon after his birth. She settled down with a kindhearted paint salesman who raised Gerald as his own. Ford only learned the truth about his paternity as a teenager. He grew up to become the 38th President of the United States—the first person to be appointed to the office rather than elected—after the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions.

Send to friend

Download our ESME app for a smoother experience.

Get the app Get the app