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Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller

  • Birth 8 Jul 1908 Bar Harbor, Hancock County, Maine, USA
  • Death 26 Jan 1979 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 883

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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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 883
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (8 Jul 1908–26 Jan 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 883, citing Rockefeller Family Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .