FORD, James D.

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1931–2001

Biography

FORD, James D., a House Chaplain; born in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S. Dak., July 25, 1931; graduated from Edison High School, Minneapolis, Minn.; B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., 1953; M.Div., Augustana Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Ill., 1957; D.D., Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., 1979; ordained in the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1958; pastor; assistant chaplain, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1961–1965; chaplain, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 1965–1979; elected Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives for the 96th and for the ten succeeding Congresses (January 15, 1979–March 23, 2000);* Chaplain Emeritus of the United States House of Representatives, 2000–2001; died August 27, 2001, in Washington, D.C.

Footnotes

* Reverend James D. Ford resigned as Chaplain on March 23, 2000, and was succeeded by Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin. Coughlin was appointed "to act as and to exercise temporarily the duties of Chaplain of the House of Representatives" on March 23, 2000 (Congressional Record, 106th Cong., 2nd sess.: H3481).

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Prayers Offered by the Chaplain of the House of Representatives of the United States Rev. James David Ford, D.D., at the Opening of the Daily Sessions of the U.S. House of Representatives, During the Ninety-sixth through One Hundred Sixth Congresses, 1979–2000 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2009).

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