[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Monday, 13 November 2006, 01:21 GMT
Ford longest-living US president
Former US President Gerald Ford. File photo
Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976

Gerald Ford has become the longest-living US president after reaching 93 years and 121 days on Sunday, surpassing Ronald Reagan.

Mr Ford, who was born on 14 July, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska, became president following the resignation of Richard Nixon over Watergate in 1974.

Mr Ford lost to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election.

President Ford played down the record, saying what mattered more was the "love of one's family and friends".

A statement released by his office read: "I thank God for the gift of every sunrise and, even more, for all the years He has blessed me with Betty and the children, with our extended family and the friends of a lifetime."

Stroke

Gerald and Betty Ford, 88, live in Rancho Mirage in southern California.

The former president has suffered ill health this year and has been taken to hospital four times for tests and angioplasty. He suffered a stroke in 2000.

The previous record holder, Ronald Reagan, died in 2004.

The next longest-lived was the second US President, John Adams, who died in 1826 aged 91.


SEE ALSO
Gerald Ford in hospital for tests
13 Oct 06 |  Americas
US ex-President Ford in hospital
16 Aug 06 |  Americas
US ex-President Ford in hospital
17 Jan 06 |  Americas
Doctors confident of Ford recovery
03 Aug 00 |  Americas
Ford enters Clinton row
05 Oct 98 |  Latest news

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific