ROCKEFELLER, Nelson Aldrich, (grandson of Nelson W. Aldrich; uncle of John D. [Jay] Rockefeller
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
Presidents 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.
BibliographyAmerican National Biography; Rockefeller, Nelson
The Future of Freedom: A Bicentennial Series of Speeches.
Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1976; Persico, Joseph.
The Imperial Rockefeller: A Biography of Nelson A.
Rockefeller. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982.