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July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006
In December of 1999, Kent County International Airport became Gerald R. Ford International Airport in honor of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States. President Ford served West Michigan as a U.S. Congressman from 1949-1973 and was a long-time supporter of the airport.
Arguably the most famous and influential person to hail from Grand Rapids, President Ford maintained strong ties with the community, lending his name to the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the portion of Interstate 196 that passes through Grand Rapids, the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building, the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College, the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center, and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
The Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum website offers an extensive archive of information and photographs of President Ford and the Ford family, a video biography, a timeline of his life and career, a list of books written about him, digitized documents from the Library's holdings and much more.