Nelson Rockefeller facts for kids
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|41st Vice President of the United States|
December 19, 1974 – January 20, 1977
|Preceded by||Gerald Ford|
|Succeeded by||Walter Mondale|
|49th Governor of New York|
January 1, 1959 – December 18, 1973
|Preceded by||W. Averell Harriman|
|Succeeded by||Malcolm Wilson|
|1st Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare|
June 11, 1953 – December 22, 1954
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Herold Christian Hunt|
|1st Assistant Secretary of State for American Republic Affairs|
December 20, 1944 – August 17, 1945
|President||Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||Spruille Braden|
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
July 8, 1908
Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S.
|Died||January 26, 1979
New York City, U.S.
|Resting place||Rockefeller Family Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow, New York
|Spouse(s)||Mary Todhunter Clark
(m. 1930–1962; divorced)
Margaretta Large Fitler
(m. 1963–1979; his death)
|Parent(s)||John Davison Rockefeller, Jr.
Abigail Greene Aldrich
|Residence(s)||New York City|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College (A.B.)|
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was a liberal Republican American politician and businessman. He was from one of the richest and most powerful families in the United States.
His paternal grandfather was John D. Rockefeller Sr. His maternal grandfather was United States Senator Nelson Aldrich of Rhode Island. He was the son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich. He was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973. He was the brother of David Rockefeller, chairman of Chase Bank, Winthrop, later Governor of Arkansas, John III, and Laurance. He is the uncle of former Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.
He was married twice. His first was to Mary Todhunter Clark until they divorced. His second was to Margaretta Fitler Murphy until his death from a heart attack.
He tried three times to gain his party's nomination for the United States presidency but lost to the slightly more conservative Vice President and future President Richard Nixon in 1960 and 1968 and conservative Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona in 1964. He refused to support Goldwater in the general election after losing to him, which Nixon condemned him for and used to argue that Rockefeller was not a loyal Republican. He was Vice-President from 1974-1977 under Gerald Ford. He waged a campaign against future President George Bush to be appointed to that office. He won. He was a member of the Republican Party. He was in Knights of Pythias.
Images for kids
Rockefeller with labor leader David Dubinsky, Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr., and Cardinal Spellman at the 1959 Labor Day Parade in New York City
Rockefeller (front row, 5th from left) at the 1976 Republican National Convention along with (left to right) Robert Dole, Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan, President Gerald Ford, Susan Ford and Betty Ford.
Vice President Rockefeller (right) and his wife Happy (second on left) entertain President Gerald R. Ford (left) his wife Betty (second on right) and their daughter Susan (center) at Number One Observatory Circle on September 7, 1975.
Rockefeller and President Jimmy Carter in October 1977
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park is an enclave within Battery Park City in New York City.
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