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Nelson Rockefeller
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Nelson Rockefeller
Born: July 8, 1908
Died: January 26, 1979
American politician, philanthropist and businessman. A leader of the liberal wing of the Republican Party, he was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973 and the 41st Vice President of the United States of America from December 19, 1974 to January 20, 1977


Born in Bar Harbor, Hancock County, Maine, on July 8, 1908, Rockefeller attended Lincoln School of Teachers� College at Columbia University, New York, N.Y. in 1926 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1930.

He was engaged in the oil, real estate, and banking businesses, and family philanthropic activities. Rockefeller served variously as trustee, treasurer, president, chairman of the board of Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1932-1975. He was director of the Office of Inter-American Affairs from 1940-1944 and assistant Secretary of State for Latin-American Affairs from 1944-1945.

In 1946, he returned to family philanthropic activities and helped establish the American International Association. He was a member and chairman of President�s Advisory Committee on Government Organization from 1953-1958. He served as Under Secretary of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1953-1954 and Special Assistant to the President for Foreign Affairs from 1954-1955.

Rockerfeller served as governor of New York from 1959-1973. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964, 1968, and 1972.

He was nominated by President Gerald R. Ford on August 20, 1974, under the provisions of the twenty-fifth amendment to the Constitution, to be the Forty-first Vice President of the United States, confirmed by the Congress and took the oath of office on December 19, 1974, and served until January 20, 1977, when the term ended.

He returned to family philanthropic activities and worked extensively on his art collection in New York, N.Y., where he died on January 26, 1979. He was cremated and his ashes are interred at the family estate in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

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