Nelson Rockefeller

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Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
41st Vice President of the United States
In office
December 19, 1974 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald R. Ford
Preceded by Gerald R. Ford
Succeeded by Walter Mondale
Personal details
Born July 8, 1908(1908-07-08)
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Died January 26, 1979(1979-01-26) (aged 70)
Manhattan, New York City, United States
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Todhunter Clark
(m. 1930–1962, divorced)
Margaretta Fitler Murphy
(m. 1963–1979, his death)

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was a liberal American politician and businessman. He was from one of the richest and most powerful families in the United States.

Personal life[change | change source]

His paternal grandfather was John D. Rockefeller Sr. His maternal grandfather was United States Senator Nelson Aldrich of Rhode Island. He was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973.

Marriages[change | change source]

He was married twice. His first was to Mary Todhunter Clark until they divorced. His second was to Margaretta Fitler Murphy until his death from a heart attack.

Political career[change | change source]

He tried three times to gain his party's nomination for the United States presidency but was thwarted by Richard Nixon in 1960 and 1968 and conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964. He was Vice-President from 1974-1977 under Gerald Ford. He was a member of the Republican Party. He was in Knights of Pythias.

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