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William David Ford

William David Ford, American congressman, lawyer. Bar: Michigan bar 1951. Recipient Distinguished Service award; Outstanding Young Man of Year award Taylor, 1962. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member American Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Downriver Bar Association (president 1961-1962), American Legion.

Background

  • Ford, William David was born on August 6, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Robert Henderson and Jean Bowie (McGhee) Ford.

  • Education

    • Student, Nebraska Teachers College, Peru, 1946. Student, Wayne State University, 1948. Bachelor of Science, University Denver, 1949.

      Bachelor of Laws, University Denver, 1951. Doctor of Humane Letters, Westfield State College, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Eastern Michigan University, 1976.

      Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Grand Valley State College of Michigan, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Wayne State University, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Michigan State University, 1980.

      Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Northern Michigan University, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Central Michigan University, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Detroit, 1981.

      Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Michigan, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Cleary College, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Northeastern University, 1985.

      Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Long Island University, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Columbia College, Chicago, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Madonna College Detroit, 1987.

      Postgraduate, Peru St. College, Nebraska, 1988. Postgraduate, University Denver, 1988.

    Career

    • Practice law, from 1951. Justice of peace Taylor, Michigan, 1955-1957. Township attorney, 1957-1964.

      City attorney Melvindale, Michigan, 1957-1959. Delegate Michigan Constitutional Convention, 1961-1962. Member Michigan Senate from 21st District, 1962-1964, 89th to 103rd Congresses from 15th (now 13th) Michigan District, Washington, 1965—1995.

      Member steering and policy committee, education and labor committee, Democratic national whip-at-large 89th to 101th Congresses from 15th Michigan District, 1965-1981, congressional adviser to United Nations Educational, 1971-1974. Vice-chairman Conf. Great Lake Congressmen 89th-101th Congresses from 15th Michigan District, chairman Education and Labor commission, subcommittee postsecondary education.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Michigan bar 1951.

    Membership

    Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member American Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Downriver Bar Association (president 1961-1962), American Legion. Clubs: Masons, Shriners, Eagles, Elks, Moose, Rotary (president 1961-1962).

    Connections

    • Married Mary Whalen; children: William David, Margaret, John P.
    • father: Robert Henderson Ford
    • mother: Jean Bowie (McGhee) Ford
    • spouse: Mary Whalen
    • children: William David Ford
    • Margaret Ford
    • John P. Ford
    William David Ford
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    Born August 6, 1927
    Died August 14, 2004
    (aged 77)
    Nationality
    • 1946
      Nebraska Teachers College
    • 1948
      Wayne State University
    • 1949
      University Denver
    • 1951
      University Denver
    • 1970
      Westfield State College
    • 1976
      Eastern Michigan University
    • 1979
      Grand Valley State College of Michigan
    • 1979
      Wayne State University
    • 1980
      Michigan State University
    • 1980
      No. Michigan University
    • 1981
      Central Michigan University
    • 1981
      University Detroit
    • 1982
      University Michigan
    • 1984
      Cleary College
    • 1985
      Northeastern University
    • 1986
      Long Island University
    • 1986
      Columbia College
    • 1987
      Madonna College Detroit
    • 1988
      Peru St. College
    • 1988
      University Denver
    • 1955 - 1957
      justice of peace Taylor
      Michigan, United States
    • 1957 - 1959
      city attorney, Melvindale
      Michigan, United States
    • 1957 - 1964
      township attorney
    • 1961 - 1962
      delaware Michigan Constitutional Convention
    • 1962 - 1964
      member, Michigan Senate from 21st District
    • 1965 - 1995
      member, Michigan Senate from 21st District
      Washington, United States
    • 1965 - 1981
      member, steering and policy committee
    • 1971 - 1974
      member, steering and policy committee
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