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Which president was adopted

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Similarly, Bill Clinton started like as William Blythe and changed his name to Clinton when he was adopted by his mother's second husband, Roger Clinton.

Rumor has it that Gerald R. Ford Jr. was adopted, but this is not true. Ford was born Leslie Lynch King to Leslie Lynch King Sr. and Dororthy Aver (Gardner) King. Dorothy left Leslie Sr. sixteen days after Jr. was born due to threats of violence and death by Leslie Sr. She moved first to Oak Park, Illinois, then to East Grand Rapids, Michigan where her parents lived. There she met Gerald Rudolf Ford. She divorced Leslie King Sr. in 1913, and married Ford three years later on 1 February 1916. They began calling Leslie Jr. Gerald. President Ford was never legally adopted by Gerald Ford Sr., but he did have his name legally changed to Gerald Rudolf Ford, Jr. on 3 December 1935.

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Three recent US Presidents had adoptive parents, at least unofficially, after separation or loss of a parent. None to date have had foster parents outside their families.

  • Gerald Ford (38th President) was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. but raised by his stepfather, Gerald Rudolff Ford, from the age of 2.
  • Bill Clinton (42nd President) was born William Jefferson Blythe, but his father died before his birth and his mother remarried, to Roger Clinton Sr., in 1950.
  • Barack Obama (44th President) is the son of Barack Obama Sr., from whom his mother was divorced when he was 2. His stepfather was Lolo Soetoro of Indonesia.
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Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton both took the names of their step-fathers who adopted them. Ford's father, Leslie Kng, left his mother and Clinton's father,

William Blythe was killed in a car wreck before son Bill was born. .

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