38th US president who became the first president not to be elected by the electoral college after he ascended to office following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, rising to its highest rank, Eagle Scout and he played center and linebacker for the University of Michigan's football team, where he helped the Wolverines to undefeated seasons and national titles in 1932 and 1933.
He granted a presidential pardon to Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal; it was initially controversial at the time and many believe this is why he lost the next election to Jimmy Carter.
His grandfather, Charles Henry King, was a prominent banker.
He was perceived to be a stumblebum by the general public, thanks in part to Chevy Chase's scathing portrayal of him on "Saturday Night Live."