Why Famous: 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.
- 1930-06-23 Businessman Nelson Rockefeller (21) weds Mary Todhunter Clark
- 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