Gerald Ford Oldest Living US President Ever

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Gerald Ford on Sunday became the oldest living United States President in history at 93 years old.

Ford was born on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska and has been alive for 93 years and 121 days. Reagan died at 93 years and 120 days in June 2004.

A former Michigan congressman, Ford became Vice President in December 1973 under Richard Nixon after Spiro Agnew resigned due to taking bribes.

When Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, Ford became the 38th President.

Ford was the only president who was never elected. He remained in office until defeated by Jimmy Carter in the November 1976 Presidential election.

Ford and his wife Betty, 88, live in Rancho Mirage in the desert area of Southern California.

“The length of one’s days matters less than the love of one’s family and friends,” Ford said in a statement published in the Desert Sun newspaper.

Ford has battled a series of illnesses this year. He has been hospitalized four times for angioplasty, shortness of breath and pneumonia, and other tests.

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