Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (JE-ruld; Leslie Lynch Jr. was born; July 14, 1913 - December 26, 2006) was a U.S. politician and lawyer who served as the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. Ford served as the 40th vice president of the United States from 1973 to 1974. So far, Ford is the only person to have served as vice president and president without being elected by the Electoral College for either position. born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ford attended the University of Michigan and Yale Law School. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1942 to 1946. He left as a lieutenant commander. Ford began his political career in 1949 as the United States representative from the Fifth Congressional District of Michigan. He served as such for 25 years, the last nine of whom were minority leaders in the House of Representatives. In December 1973, two months after Spiro Agnew resigned, Ford became the first person to be appointed vice president under the terms of the 25th Amendment by President Richard Nixon. After President Nixon resigned in August 1974, Ford immediately assumed the presidency. His 895-day presidency is the shortest in United States history for any president who has not died in office.