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Nelson Rockefeller – the richest vice president in US history – 1908

Nelson Rockefeller – the richest vice president in US history – 1908

Nelson Rockefeller, the grandson of the famous John D. Rockefeller, reached the highest political position of all the members of the Rockefeller family.

On July 8, 1908, Nelson A. Rockefeller was born, arguably the richest vice president in U.S. history. Namely, he was a member of the billionaire Rockefeller family, one of the richest in American history in general. Nelson was the grandson of the famous John D. Rockefeller, who some consider to be the richest man in history (in terms of the share he had in the total wealth of the then US).

Nelson A. Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor, an elite residence in the U.S. state of Maine. He was one of five Rockefeller brothers who inherited a huge family fortune. Namely, the main creator of this wealth, the mentioned Nelson’s grandfather John D. Rockefeller had only one son (John the Younger), and that son had as many as five sons of his own. These were the powerful Rockefeller brothers, of whom Nelson reached the highest political position (younger brother Winthrop, for example, was governor of Arkansas).

Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nelson Rockefeller was appointed Assistant Secretary of State. His grandfather, the greatly wealthy John D. Rockefeller, was so long-lived (he lived to be 98) that he died when Nelson was already 28 years old. In political terms, Nelson became particularly friendly with Henry Kissinger.

In 1958, Nelson Rockefeller was elected governor of the US state of New York. He was later elected to that position three more times, so that he remained the governor for almost 15 years. Rockefeller even tried three times to run for president of the United States, on the side of the Republican Party. He eventually became vice president of the United States, but not by choice of citizens. Namely, after Nixon’s resignation, Gerald Ford became president, and the vice-presidential position remained vacant. It was Nelson Rockefeller who took the oath of office in 1974, about a year after leaving the post of governor of New York. Rockefeller remained vice president until the end of that term, ie until January 1977. He died just two years later, at the age of 70.

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