Meet Dorothy Bowles Ford: Everything about Harold Ford Jr's mother

Meet Dorothy Bowles Ford: Everything about Harold Ford Jr's mother

Dorothy Bowles Ford is famous for her affiliation with Harold Ford Jr — an American financial managing director, pundit, author, and former US Congressman. Harold Ford Jr's mother was the first wife of Harold Eugene Ford Sr — an American politician and a former US Congressman. Learn more about Dorothy Bowles Ford and her family below.

Harold Ford Jr's mother
Dorothy Bowles Ford and Harold Ford Jr. Photo: @Joel Lawson, @FoxNews (modified by author)
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Though divorced, Dorothy Ford still carries the surname of her ex-spouse and son's father. Former US Congressman Harold Ford Jr and his dad, Harold Eugene Ford Sr, served in the House of Representatives. They represented Memphis, Tennessee's 9th congressional district, under the Democratic Party.

Profiles summary

Full nameDorothy Bowles Ford
Age Mid-70s (as of 2024)
Nationality American
Marital statusDivorced
Ex-husband Harold Eugene Ford Sr
Children Harold Jr, John Newton, and Sir Isaac
Religion Christianity
Net worth$1 million (approximately)

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Who is Dorothy Bowles Ford?

Dorothy Ford is the mother of Harold Ford Jr and the ex-wife of Harold Eugene Ford Sr. Both the son and the father are renowned American politicians and former Congressmen for Memphis, Tennessee.

Ford Sr was the first African-American to represent Memphis, Tennessee's 9th congressional district, in the US Congress. He was in office for 11 terms (22 years), from 1975 until his retirement in 1997. Later, his son served the same seat from 1997 to 2007.

What is Dorothy Bowles Ford's age?

Dorothy Bowles Ford, Harold Ford Jr's mother, is in her mid-70s. She chooses not to reveal her exact age or place of birth to the public.

Is Dorothy Bowles Ford white?

She is an American national of mixed ethnic background and African-American heritage.

Dorothy Ford's career

Harold Ford Jr's mother, Dorothy Bowles Ford, worked as a consumer coordinator and functions regulator at Potomac Electric Power. She employed various innovative ideas and had an incredible grasp of the company's customer needs. Besides her career, Dorothy Ford admirably managed administrative duties for her ex-husband, Harold Ford Sr — the first African-American US congressman.

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Dorothy Bowles Ford bio
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Who is Dorothy Bowles Ford's spouse?

Dorothy never remarried after ending her marriage with Harold Eugene Ford Sr. The now 78-year-old American politician was born in South Memphis on May 20, 1945. He is a Democrat and a former congressman for Memphis, Tennessee. He was in office for 11 terms (from 1975 until his retirement in 1997).

Bowles' ex-husband has been a devout Baptist and an esteemed Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity member for years. What's more, he is still an active Democratic Party member in Memphis.

When was Dorothy Bowles Ford, Harold Ford Sr's wife?

Harold Ford Jr's mother and father met in high school, married in 1969, and divorced in 1999. Their union of around 30 years brought forth three children: Harold Jr and his brothers, John Newton and Sir Isaac. While their mum never had other children after the divorce, their dad had two more children, Andrew and Ava, with his second wife, Michelle Roberts.

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Who is Dorothy Bowles Ford’s son, Harold Ford Jr?

Harold Eugene Ford Jr. is a finance managing director, a media pundit, an accomplished author, and a former US Congressman. He boasts an impressive educational background from the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Pennsylvania, and St. Albans School.

The Democratic Party member was a congressman for Tennessee's 9th congressional district from 1997 to 2007. Harold Ford Jr served as a managing director at Morgan Stanley alongside his congressional role. He later became the executive vice president and vice-chairman of Corporate & Institutional Banking (C&IB) for PNC Bank in 2020.

In addition to this, the politician was a FOX News political analyst. He currently hosts the BET television show, My Two Cents, and is a frequent political commentator on CNN.

How old is Dorothy Bowles Ford’s son?

Harold Ford Jr is 53 as of 2023. He was born on May 11, 1970, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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What is Harold Ford Jr's nationality?

The former US congressman is African-American like his parents.

Who is Harold Ford Jr's wife?

The former congressman married Emily Threlkeld on April 26, 2008, at the Trinity Cathedral in Miami, Florida, United States. She is the daughter of Tom Threlkeld and Deborah Beard and works in public relations for Carolina Herrera in New York. Harold Ford Jr's wife is 42 as of 2023. She was born on January 2, 1981.

Dorothy Bowles Ford's grandchildren
Harold Ford Jr. with his wife and children. Photo: @HaroldFordJr (modified by author)
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Who is Harold Ford Jr's second wife?

The former Memphis congressman has only married once. Harold Ford Jr and his wife, Emily Threlkeld, have never divorced or separated since they tied the knot in 2008. Nonetheless, the politician's father, Harold Ford Sr, is in his second marriage. After Harold Ford Jr's parents divorced in 1999, his dad married Michelle Roberts.

Who are Dorothy Bowles Ford's grandchildren?

She has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren from her three sons, but only a few, like those from son Harold Ford Jr and his wife, Emily Threlkeld, are known to the public. The couple have a daughter named Georgia Walker Ford (born in December 2013) and a son called Harold Eugene Ford III (born in May 2015).

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Moreover, Dorothy's other son, John Newton Ford, has a son named Vincent "Vince" Scott Morgan, a Democratic political activist in New York City. Vincent has two children, Violet Morgan and Julian Morgan.

What is Dorothy Bowles Ford’s net worth?

Sources guesstimate she is worth $1 million or more. Her son, Harold Ford Jr, has a net worth of $3 million, and her former husband, Harold Ford Sr, is estimated to be worth $1 million – $6 million.

Facts about Dorothy Bowles Ford

  • Harold Ford Jr's mother is not on social media.
  • Although she does not actively seek the limelight, her association with the Ford family makes her famous.
  • Dorothy Ford married into one of Tennessee's most prominent African-American political family.
  • Besides her husband and son serving Memphis as congressmen, Dorothy's former bother-in-law, John Ford, is a former Tennessee State Senator.
  • Her other son, John Newton Ford, is a former Democratic member of the Tennessee State Senate. Meanwhile, his son, Vincent "Vince" Scott Morgan, is a Democratic political activist. He was a 2013 Democratic candidate for the New York City Council for the 9th Council District.
  • The lady's third son, Sir Isaac Ford, ran for the Memphis City Council in 2003 but was unsuccessful. He also managed his brother John Newton's bid for Congress in 2006 as an independent candidate.
  • Dorothy's former father-in-law, Newton Jackson Ford (born in 1914), ran for the Tennessee House in 1966 but was not elected. He died in 1986.

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Dorothy Bowles Ford is widely recognized as Harold Ford Jr's mother and Harold Ford Sr's ex-wife. The lady withdrew from the public eye after her divorce. Her son and former spouse are known for their political achievements as former Memphis congressmen. The two are still active Democrat party members. published Jovita Moore's bio. The late American news anchor worked for WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. She gained popularity due to her extraordinary news delivery and quick reactions.

The mother of three rose through the ranks of her career for the 23 years she worked at WSB-TV. She succumbed to brain cancer on October 28, 2021.

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