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  Rockefeller, Nelson A.
<-  1974-09-02  
NameNelson A. Rockefeller
New York, New York , United States
Born July 08, 1908
DiedJanuary 26, 1979 (70 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 26, 2018 01:21pm
Tags Divorced - Married - Baptist - Straight -
InfoNelson A. Rockefeller (1908-1979) was a businessman, politician, statesman, art collector, and philanthropist. A grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the founder of the Standard Oil Company, and the son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, he expanded the family's tradition of public life from business and philanthropy into government service and politics.

Rockefeller began his public life as an officer in a number of family-related enterprises, including Rockefeller Center, Creole Oil (the Venezuelan subsidiary of Standard Oil), and the Museum of Modern Art; but he soon began to establish new organizations to fulfill his personal interests. In 1940 he and his siblings founded their own philanthropic foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; for work in Latin America, Rockefeller established the American International Association for Economic Development (1946) and the International Basic Economy Corporation (1947); and in 1954 he established the Museum of Primitive Art in New York City.

Rockefeller's service in government began in 1933 as a member of the Westchester County Board of Health; he moved onto the national and international scene in 1940 as the Coordinator of the Office of Inter-American Affairs under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He received subsequent presidential appointments from Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard M. Nixon, working on government reorganization, public policy, and foreign affairs.

In the 1950s and 1960s Rockefeller sought elective office himself. Beginning in 1958, he won election to four consecutive terms as governor of New York State, where, as a progressive Republican, he vastly increased the state's role in education, environmental protection, transportation, housing, welfare, and the arts. His candidacies for the Republican nomination for president in 1960, 1964, and 1968 were not successful. He resigned as governor in 1973 and the next year was nominated as vice president of the United States, serving under President Gerald Ford (1974-1977).

Nelson A. Rockefeller died of a heart attack at his offices in New York City on January 26, 1979.

Members of the Rockefeller family played significant roles in development of a number of New York City landmarks, including the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, Rockefeller University, Lincoln Center, and the World Trade Center.


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Oct 00, 2003 10:00pm News Lost Scion: Was Michael Rockefeller eaten by cannibals?  Article User 13 

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Wife Margaretta Large Fitler Murphy "Happy" Rockefeller May 04, 1963-Jan 26, 1979
Father John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1874-1960
Grandfather John D. Rockefeller 1839-1937
Brother John D. Rockefeller, III 1906-1978
Nephew Jay Rockefeller 1937-
Niece Alida Ferry Rockefeller Messenger 1948-
Brother Laurance Spelman Rockefeller 1910-2004
Brother Winthrop Rockefeller 1912-1973
Nephew Win Paul Rockefeller 1948-2006
Brother David Rockefeller 1915-2017
Mother Abby Aldrich Rockefeller 1874-1948
Grandfather Nelson W. Aldrich 1841-1915
Uncle Richard S. Aldrich 1884-1941
1st Cousin Richard S. Aldrich 1923-1997
Uncle Winthrop W. Aldrich 1885-1974

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