1908 - 1979 (70 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and 11 descendants in this family tree.
||Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller |
||41th Vice-President |
||8 Jul 1908
||Bar Harbor, Maine
||26 Jan 1979
||New York City, NY, USA
||17 Jan 2001 |
||John Davison Rockefeller, Jr., b. 29 Jan 1874, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH , d. 1960 (Age 85 years) |
||Abigail Greene Aldrich, b. 26 Oct 1874, Rhode Island , d. 5 Apr 1948, New York City, NY, USA (Age 73 years) |
||9 Oct 1901
||Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island
||5 siblings |
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- served one term as VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and four terms as governor of New York.
Second son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., . He graduated from Darthmouth College in 1930. Early in his career he invested in a Standard Oil subsidiary in Venezuela and developed a lifelong interest in Latin America. In 1940, President Franklin ROOSEVELT appointed him coordinator of inter-American affairs and assistant secretary of state for American republic affairs. He left the government that year but was called back in 1950 to be the chairman of President TRUMAN's international development advisory board. In 1953, President EISENHOWER named Rockefeller to head a presidential advisory committee on government organization, a group that ultimately recommended the plans that resulted in the establishment of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the U. S. Information Agency, and reorganization of the departments of agriculture, defense, and justice. Rockefeller was elected governor of New York in 1958 and reelected three times. He inaugurated a dramatic growth in state services in the areas of education, transportation, health and welfare, housing, and environmental protection. His administration was responsible for substantial tax increases, and for many years the state operated on a pay-as-you-go basis with a balanced budget. On the whole his record of public service in Washington and his terms as governor contributed to Rockefeller's reputation as a liberal REPUBLICAN. Beginning in the late 1960's, however, he began to move toward more conservative positions, a change of direction his critics claimed was a conscious effort to generate support for his presidential ambitions. After repeatedly denying interest in the PRESIDENCY, Rockefeller made it known that he would accept a draft should the 1960 Republican convention offer him the nomination. Richard M. NIXON, however, was already assured of the nomination. In 1964, Rockefeller emerged as the clear favorite for the presidential nomination. His divorce and remarriage in 1963, however, brought about a decline in his popularity that he was not able to overcome. Nevertheless, he announced his candidacy in late 1963 and campaigned hard against Sen. Barry Goldwater, the leader of the Republican conservative wing. Goldwater won the nomination on the first ballot but was defeated in the general election. Rockefeller's third campaign for the presidency, in 1968, was marred early in the campaign by indecision. When he finally announced, his late start and his vacillation seriously damaged his effort, and he was not able to overcome the lead in delegate strength that had been built up by Richard Nixon. That campaign ended his presidential quest. After resigning from the governorship in December 1973, Rockefeller devoted himself to the Commission on Critical Choices for America, which he organized for the purpose of developing national policy alternatives. In August 1974, President Gerald FORD nominated him to be vice president of the United States. After extended Congressional inquiries into his financial resources he was confirmed by a vote of 287 to 128 in the House and 90 to 7 in the Senate. He was sworn in as the 41st vice president on Dec. 19, 1974. Vice president Rockefeller proved to be a loyal and faithful subordinate. President Ford named him to head the domestic council and to be chairman of the president's commission on the Central Intelligence Agency. He also was designated to serve on several other boards and commissions. He was never fully accepted by the Republican conservative wing during his term, and in November 1975, he announced that he was removing himself from consideration as a possible running mate for President Ford in 1976. After leaving office he returned to New York and his private pursuits in business, politics, and the arts.