In Memoriam:
President Gerald R. Ford


President Ford
Photo by George Tames, 1974. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution;
© The New York Times/George Tames.

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age."—Mrs. Betty Ford, December 26, 2006

President Gerald R. Ford, the nation's thirty-eighth President, served from 1974-1977.

Learn about President Ford and see artifacts and photographs from his term of office on The American Presidency Web site.

Lying in State, President Gerald R. Ford, United States Capitol Rotunda.
© Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Hugh Talman

Ceremonial Guardsmen from all five braches of military service
perform a Changing of the Guard ceremony as the casket of former
President Gerald R. Ford lies in the Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 31, 2006.
© Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Hugh Talman

President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were among those paying their respects.
© Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Hugh Talman

Smithsonian National Museum of American History