Renamed by his stepfather, he was the only Eagle Scout to be President.
He attended the University of Michigan on a football scholarship, graduated from Yale Law School and served in the Navy during World War II.
His name was Gerald Rudolph Ford.
Ford was House Minority Leader until chosen as Vice-President when Spiro Agnew resigned, then President when Richard Nixon resigned.
He was the only President not elected.
Gerald Rudolph Ford stated upon assuming the Presidency, August 9, 1974:
“I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers.”
On September 8, 1974, President Ford stated:
“The Constitution is the supreme law of our land and it governs our actions as citizens. Only the laws of God, which govern our consciences, are superior to it. As we are a Nation under God, so I am sworn to uphold our laws with the help of God.”
In a Proclamation of Prayer, December 5, 1974, President Ford quoted President Eisenhower:
“Without God there could be no American form of government… Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first-the most basic-expression of Americanism.”