Friday, November 10, 2006

Ford set to eclipse Reagan as oldest living former president in history

As reported in USA Today, Ford set to eclipse Reagan as oldest living former president in history. If he lives until Sunday, he will have the record. I hope he makes it and sets a much longer record for longevity.

From the site:

Gerald R. Ford is closing in on a record held by Ronald Reagan — living longer than any other U.S. president.

Ford, who turned 93 on July 14, will become the oldest president Sunday by living to 93 years and 121 days.

"The length of one's days matters less than the love of one's family and friends," Ford said in a statement this week from the Rancho Mirage compound he shares with former first lady Betty Ford, 88.

1 comment:

Jennie W said...

I have a bit of an addendum to Michael's post. After reading this, I got to thinking about who was/is the oldest surviving First Lady. Mainly I started thinking about this because when I give tours of the NFLL (, we always get questions on if Lady Bird Johnson is still alive and if so, how old she is (Yes, and she's 93). Anyway, the oldest surviving First Lady was Bess Truman, who died in 1982 at the age of 97 (which makes her older than both Ford and Reagan - women do on average live longer than men so this makes sense). Lady Bird Johnson is currently the oldest LIVING First Lady. She will have to live until 2010 to surpass Bess Truman's record.