Spiro Agnew

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Spiro Theodore Agnew
39th Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1969 – October 10, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Hubert Humphrey
Succeeded by Gerald Ford
55th Governor of Maryland
In office
January 25, 1967 – January 7, 1969
Preceded by J. Millard Tawes
Succeeded by Marvin Mandel
3rd Baltimore County Executive
In office
1962–1966
Preceded by Christian H. Kahl
Succeeded by Dale Anderson
Personal details
Born November 9, 1918(1918-11-09)
Baltimore, Maryland
Died September 17, 1996(1996-09-17) (aged 77)
Berlin, Maryland
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Judy Agnew
Children Pamela Agnew
James Rand Agnew
Susan Agnew
Kimberly Agnew
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University
University of Baltimore School of Law
Religion Episcopalian[1][2]
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Bronze Star Medal

Spiro Theodore Agnew (November 9, 1918 – September 17, 1996) was the 39th Vice President of the United States. He served under President Richard Nixon. He was also the 55th governor of the state of Maryland and the first Greek American governor in United States history.

He is most famous for his resignation in the fall of 1973 after he was under investigation for the crimes of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. In October he was charged with having taken bribes a little more than $100,000 while in office.

Agnew is the only U.S. Vice President in history to leave office because of criminal charges. Ten years later, in January 1983, he paid the state of Maryland almost $270,000 as a result of a civil suit that came from the bribery allegations. He was only the second vice president to resign the office (John C. Calhoun had been the first).[3]

Early life[change | change source]

Spiro Agnew was born in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland. His father was Theodore Spiros Agnew, a Greek immigrant who shortened his name from Anagnostopoulos when he moved to the USA,[4][5] and Margaret Akers, a native of Virginia.

Electoral history[change | change source]

Baltimore County Executive, 1962[6]

  • Spiro Agnew (R) - elected unopposed

Governor of Maryland, 1966[7]

1968 Republican National Convention (Vice Presidential tally)[8]

United States presidential election, 1968

1972 Republican National Convention (Vice Presidential tally)[9]

  • Spiro Agnew (inc.) - 1,345 (99.78%)
  • Abstaining - 2 (0.15%)
  • David Brinkley - 1 (0.07%)

United States presidential election, 1972

Death[change | change source]

Agnew died of leukemia in Berlin, Maryland.

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