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Nelson A. Rockefeller

(1908 - 1979)

Vice President under Gerald R. Ford
December 19, 1974 until January 20, 1977

ROCKEFELLER, Nelson Aldrich, (grandson of Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich and uncle of John D. Rockefeller IV), a Vice President of the United States; born in Bar Harbor, Hancock County, Maine, July 8, 1908; attended Lincoln School of Teachers’ College at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 1926; graduated, Dartmouth College 1930; engaged in oil, real estate, and banking businesses, and family philanthropic activities; served variously as trustee, treasurer, president, chairman of the board of Museum of Modern Art in New York City 1932-1975; director, Office of Inter-American Affairs 1940-1944; Assistant Secretary of State for Latin-American Affairs 1944-1945; returned to family philanthropic activities and helped establish American International Association; member and chairman of President’s Advisory Committee on Government Organization 1953-1958; Under Secretary of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare 1953-1954; Special Assistant to the President for Foreign Affairs 1954-1955; Governor of New York 1959-1973; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964, 1968, and 1972; 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; returned to family philanthropic activities and worked extensively on his art collection in New York, N.Y., where he died January 26, 1979; cremated; ashes interred at the family estate, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.  -- Biographical Data courtesy of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.




Nelson Rockefeller, Medal of Freedom winner, 1977; Vice President to President Gerald Ford, 1974-1977; and Governor of New York State 1959-1973, was investigated in 1950 and 1969 for suitability to fill presidential appointments and again in 1974 to perform the duties of Vice-President. The FBI investigated numerous threats against the life of Rockefeller as Governor, Presidential Candidate, and Vice-President. Records also include personal correspondence between Rockefeller and the FBI demonstrating his affable relationship with the FBI, newspaper articles chronicling various aspects of Rockefeller's life, and documents in which his name was merely mentioned. -- Text Courtesy of the FBI - Freedom of Information Act


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