Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
Gerald Rudolph Ford’s tenure as the 38th president of the United States of America was defined by his steady character, political integrity, and decision-making skills. Ford’s political career began in 1948 when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he served for 25 years. He was selected as the House minority leader in 1965 and maintained that position until 1973 when Richard Nixon named him vice president. Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as president of the United States on August 9, 1974, after the resignation of Nixon. During his term, President Ford made many notable decisions including granting aid and asylum to refugees of the Vietnam War; signing the Helsinki Accords in August 1975; and advocating for the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, which was passed by Congress in November 1975.
Use the educational resources on this page to teach about Gerald R. Ford and the important events of his time. The resources include a full-length documentary, an online interactive, educator guides, stand-alone lessons, media spotlights, and geostory timelines.
Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character
Teach about the life and legacy of the 38th president with this documentary film and accompanying educator guide.
Stand-alone lessons that encourage students to think about the trade-offs and outcomes of policymaking
Explore major events in Ford’s life and presidency with our GeoStories.