ROCKEFELLER, Nelson Aldrich (1908-1979)

ROCKEFELLER, NELSON ALDRICH, (grandson of Nelson W. Aldrich; uncle of John D. [Jay] 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 1960, 1964, and 1968; 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 on January 26, 1979; cremated; ashes interred at the family estate, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

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