|41st Vice President of the United States|
December 19, 1974 – January 20, 1977
|Preceded by||Gerald Ford|
|Succeeded by||Walter Mondale|
|49th Governor of New York|
January 1, 1959 – December 18, 1973
|Preceded by||W. Averell Harriman|
|Succeeded by||Malcolm Wilson|
|1st Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare|
June 11, 1953 – December 22, 1954
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Herold Christian Hunt|
|1st Assistant Secretary of State for American Republic Affairs|
December 20, 1944 – August 17, 1945
|President||Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Spruille Braden|
|Born||Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
July 8, 1908
Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S.
|Died||January 26, 1979
New York City, U.S.
|Resting place||Rockefeller Family Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow, New York
|Spouse(s)||Mary Todhunter Clark
(m. 1930–1962; divorced)
Margaretta Large Fitler
(m. 1963–1979; his death)
|Residence||New York City|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College (A.B.)|
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was a liberal Republican 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. His maternal grandfather was United States Senator Nelson Aldrich of Rhode Island. He was the son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich. He was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973. He was the brother of David Rockefeller, chairman of Chase Bank, Winthrop, later Governor of Arkansas, John III, and Laurance. He is the uncle of former Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.
Marriages[change | change source]
Political career[change | change source]
He tried three times to gain the Republican Party's nomination for the United States presidency but lost to Vice President and future President Richard Nixon in 1960 and 1968 and conservative Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona in 1964. He refused to support Goldwater in the general election after losing to him, which Nixon condemned him for and used to argue that Rockefeller was not a loyal Republican.  He was Vice-President from 1974-1977 under Gerald Ford. He waged a campaign against future Vice President and future President and then Republican National Committee Chairman George Bush to be appointed to that office. He won, despite the conservative Republican leaders' general preference for Bush.   He was in Knights of Pythias.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Rockefeller Archive Center: Nelson Rockefeller Contains details on the collection of public and private papers available to researchers at the Center.
- The Rocky Roll An extended portrait by Time Magazine of Nelson campaigning for New York Governor in 1958.
- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress biography
- Parmet, Herbert George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee pages 168-171 Jump up↑ ☁