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Ford only president to serve as a park ranger

Updated: January 6, 2007, 4:35 AM ET
By John Heilprin | Associated Press — Dec. 29, 2006

WASHINGTON — Feeding the bears at Yellowstone National Park is a thing of the past. But in the summer of 1936, it was one of former President Gerald R. Ford's jobs as a seasonal park ranger.

Ford's stint at the park that summer 70 years ago, when he turned 23, makes him the only U.S. president ever to have served as a park ranger in the National Park Service, the service said.

Ford, the nation's 38th president, died Tuesday at the age of 93.

He was "a darned good ranger," ...

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