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Lasting Legacy

President Ford's most lasting legacy may be the appointment of John Paul Stevens to the Supreme Court. The former Chicago appeals court judge— who became a strong liberal as a justice — was actually picked by Ford's Attorney General Edward Levi— who was put in charge of the selection at the suggestion of White House Chief of Staff — Donald Rumsfeld.

Ford on Impeachment

President Ford wrestled with the issue of impeachment— before the Watergate scandal. Ford led the failed effort to impeach Supreme Court Justice William Douglas in 1970— partly over writings that appeared in a magazine— that also contained nude photographs.

Speaking on the House floor, Ford said, "an impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history."

Close Calls

As we told you earlier, Ford was the target of two assassination attempts— by two women— over the course of just two weeks— in California in 1975.

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme— a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson—pointed a gun at the President— as he greeted well-wishers outside the state Capitol in Sacramento— but no shots were fired.

17 days later, Sarah Jane Moore fired a handgun at President Ford in San Francisco, but was grabbed by former marine Oliver Sipple— who forced the shot off target.

Both women remain in prison. And Fromme has never expressed any remorse.

Presidential Favorites

And the Gerald Ford Library and Museum reports— the late president was an avid stamp collector— and loved jazz— that he enjoyed golf, tennis, skiing and swimming— and as a Michigan man— was a fan of Detroit Tigers star — Al Kaline.

His favorite meal was pot roast and red cabbage — followed by a dessert of butter pecan ice cream. His hero was President Eisenhower.

And he said his most valued advice was — quote — "that which comes from my wife," Betty — with whom he held the record— as the longest-living First Couple.

—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.

With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume