Ford, a WWII Navy veteran, was the House Minority Leader in 1973 when Richard Nixon appointed him VP. Ford pardoned his friend Nixon, given him a full pardon, an action which cost him the election of 1976 to Jimmy Carter. Despite being recent, he happens to be one of the least known of presidents ever, though it is possible that presidents Millard Filmore and Franklin Pierce surpassed him.
Gerald Ford was named Leslie Lynch King Jr. at birth but his parents' marriagedidn't work out so he got the name of his mother's second husband.
Before he died Ford said he opposed an independent commission to investigate 9/11.