Gerald R. Ford

Early Life and Family

What were the occupations of Ford’s biological and adoptive fathers?

Gerald Ford was born as Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska, to Leslie Lynch King Sr. and Dorothy Gardner King on July 14, 1913.

Ford’s biological father, Leslie King, worked as a wool merchant. His adoptive father, Gerald Ford, owned a painting store. Ford did not have a relationship with his biological father, who died when his son graduated law school.


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