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Nelson Rockefeller

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller

Profession: Businessman and US Vice President

United States of America

Biography: A member of the wealthy Rockefeller family, he served as Governor of New York between 1959 and 1973. A moderate and a progressive, Republicans who had similar views were known as "Rockefeller Republicans."

After the Watergate scandal, Gerald Ford selected Rockefeller as his Vice President. He retired from politics in 1977 and remains the only Vice President (as of 2017) not to seek re-election.

Born: July 8, 1908
Birthplace: Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: January 26, 1979 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1930-06-23 Businessman Nelson Rockefeller (21) weds Mary Todhunter Clark

Historical Events

  • 1974-08-20 Nelson Rockefeller is selected as US Vice President by President Gerald Ford
  • 1974-12-19 Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States