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United States representative , politician , member of the Michigan Senate

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 was born in Detroit and attended Henry Ford Trade School, Melvindale High School, Nebraska State Teachers College, and Wayne State University.

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

He interrupted his studies to serve in the United States Navy during World War II, 1944–1946. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserve from 1950 to 1958. After the war, he received a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1949, and a J.D. from that university's College of Law in 1951.

He was admitted to the bar in 1951 and practiced law in Taylor, Michigan. He was justice of the peace for Taylor Township, 1955–1957. City attorney for Melvindale, 1957–1959.

And attorney for Taylor Township, 1957–1964. He was a delegate to the Michigan constitutional convention, 1961–1962, which drafted the state constitution adopted in 1963. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives for the 89th and the fourteen succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1965 to January 3, 1995.

He was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress. He was chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service in the 97th through 101st Congresses, and of the Committee on Education and Labor in the 102nd and 103rd Congresses. He died at his home in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan of complications from a stroke and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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