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Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
Birth: Jul. 8, 1908
Bar Harbor
Hancock County
Maine, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1979
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

US Vice President, New York Governor. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 49th Governor of the State of New York from 1959 to 1973 and the 41st Vice President of the United States from 1974 until 1977. Born Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, into the famous American family who amassed a fortune after the establishment of the Standard Oil Company founded by his grandfather John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Nelson attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1930 and acquired business experience through several of his family's entities. His ability as a leader was first notice as he led efforts with the construction of Rockefeller Center through the Great Depression. At the age of thirty, he became president of Rockefeller Center, Inc. He gravitated towards politics and became a member of the Westchester County Board of Health. He built up his political clout as he received presidential appointments from Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower for which led to his seeking and winning the Governorship of New York. His popularity after only one year in office led to an unsuccessful attempt in 1960 to secure the Republican presidential nomination for which went to Richard Nixon. During his tenure as governor, he took a progressive philosophy towards issues including education, housing and welfare. In 1964, he sought a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination but lost out to the conservative Barry Goldwater. Rockefeller tried a third time in 1968 to lead the Republican Party as their presidential candidate but was once again defeated by Nixon who went onto become president. After President Nixon's resignation in 1974, his successor Gerald Ford selected Rockefeller as his choice for vice president. He would be confirmed by both the House of Representatives and Senate a few months later. He was not on the ticket, when President Ford sought election in 1976. Rockefeller died from a heart attack. 
 
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 Parents:
  John D. Rockefeller (1874 - 1960)
  Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller (1874 - 1948)
 
 Children:
  Rodman Clark Rockefeller (1932 - 2000)*
  Michael Clark Rockefeller (1938 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Abigail "Abby" Rockefeller Milton Pardee Mauze (1903 - 1976)*
  John D. Rockefeller (1906 - 1978)*
  Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908 - 1979)
  Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (1910 - 2004)*
  Winthrop Aldrich Rockefeller (1912 - 1973)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart Attack
 
Burial:
Rockefeller Family Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow
Westchester County
New York, USA
Specifically: Cremated remains were buried in cemetery
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Governor Rockefeller, thanks to you I attended the SUNY at New Paltz for peanuts and met you there personally in 1966. You changed my life for the better!
- LC
 Added: Oct. 9, 2014

- Bunny
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller:thank you sir for serving as both Governor of the great state of New York and being Vice-President under Gerald R. Ford from 1974-1977, remembering you today, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
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