Harold Ford, Sr.

Harold Eugene Ford, Sr. ( born May 20, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American politician. Between 1975 and 1997 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Harold Ford attended until 1963 the Greeter High School in Memphis and then studied until 1968 at the Tennessee State University in Nashville. He then attended the John A. Gupton College. There he was trained as a funeral director - a profession that his father practiced. In 1982, yet went on to study at Howard University in the capital Washington. Professionally, Ford was active in the funeral industry. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.

Between 1971 and 1974, Ford was a member of the House of Representatives from Tennessee. In 1972 he took part in Tennessee as a delegate at the Regional Congress of Democrats. From 1972 to 1996 he was a delegate to all Democratic National Conventions. In the congressional elections of 1974, Ford was selected in the eighth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he succeeds Dan Kuykendall took on January 3, 1975, he had beaten in the election. Ford's election victory was due also to the fact that had supported his predecessor and rival candidate in 1974 during the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon long. After ten elections Ford was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1997 eleven legislative periods. From 1991 to 1995 he was Chairman of the Committee, which dealt with the problems of aging ( Select Committee on Aging ). Since 1983, Ford represented the ninth district of his home state in Congress. In the late 1980s he came under suspicion of fraud, which proved to be untenable after a long judicial investigation: Ford was acquitted.

In 1996 he gave up another Congress candidate. Today Harold Ford lives in retirement. But he is still active in his party. His 1970 born son Harold was elected to succeed him in Congress and exercised this mandate from to 2007.