Young Gerald Ford Ties The Knot With Elizabeth Bloomer - 10/15/1948

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The future president of United States of America Gerald Ford marries is long-term girlfriend Elizabeth Anne Bloomer popularly called Betty.

Ford grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended University of Michigan where he played football and was voted the team's most valuable player in his senior year. While studying law, he worked as an assistant coach for Yale University's football team. After he graduated in 1941, he worked to earn extra money as a model. Subsequently, ford joined the Navy, and later appeared in his uniform on the front-page of the Cosmopolitan magazine though he was not officially credited to pose. During one of his modeling jobs, he met the woman who will soon be his future wife, by the name Elizabeth Anne Bloomer.

Later, Ford went on to serve his country in the Second World War until it ended in 19454.

After returning from the war, Ford began practicing law and became actively involved in the Republican politics. Although he loved politics, yet he could not do with his first love, which is football. His love for the game of football was so much that during his honeymoon in 1948, he took his newly wedded wife Betty to a Michigan State University playoff game against Northwestern University. 

He was elected to congress the same year; he was part of the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In December of 1973, after Vice president Spiro Agnew resigned from office due to charges of tax evasion pressed against him, President Richard Nixon chose Ford as his new Vice president. As fate would have it, Gerald Ford was sworn-in to office on August 4, 1974, as the new President following the resignation of Nixon over the Watergate scandal.

During Ford's presidency, his wife Betty kept a low profile. However, in 1974, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she announced to the public. She later began public awareness for the dreaded disease and inspiring women to seek medical checkup for early detection and treatment. Soon after Ford left office, Betty shared her personal struggle with painkillers and alcohol addiction to the public in 1982, and later opened the Betty Ford Center, it was an addiction treatment clinic at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. In addition, in 2005, she was presented the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service by her husband.

On December 26, 2006, Gerald Ford died at the age of 93, while his wife Betty died on July 8, 2011 at the age of 93 as well.

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