Si Marcos ay isinilang noong Setyembre 11, 1917 sa Sarrat, Ilocos Norte. Palagi siyang mayroong karangalang nakukuha magmula sa elementarya hanggang sa magtapos siya ng mataas na paaralan.
His parents, Josefa Edralin and Mariano Marcos, were both teachers from important families.
In 1925 Mariano Marcos became a congressman, surrounding the young Ferdinand in a political atmosphere at an early age.
Appealing the verdict, Ferdinand argued on his own behalf to his country's supreme court and won acquittal in 1940.
Remarkably, while Marcos was preparing his case in jail, he was studying for the bar exam and became a trial lawyer in Manila subsequent to the acquittal. governmental records eventually revealed these assertions to be false.) At the end of the war, when the American government granted the Philippines independence on July 4, 1946, the Philippine Congress was created.
Marcos held onto the presidency until 1986, when his people rose against his dictatorial rule and he was forced to flee.