Nelson Rockefeller - the former Vice President of the United States who died of a heart attack last week (26 January) -- was one of the world's richest men.
Nelson Rockefeller - the former Vice President of the United States who died of a heart attack last week (26 January) -- was one of the world's richest men. But he never achieved his greatest ambition -- the Presidency. Mr. Rockefeller's power base was New York, where he was State Governor for fifteen years, despite the political handicaps of divorce and remarriages. But his liberal policies were despised by fellow Republicans. Three times he sought, and failed, to achieve nomination as a Presidential candidate. His last attempt was in 1968 -- the year he was defeated by Richard Nixon.
SYNOPSIS: But Mr. Rockefeller's long rule in New York was eventually flawed by the riots at Attica prison in 1971. Hundreds of Americans took to the streets to protest against his refusal to meet the rioting prisoners.
Instead, Mr, Rockefeller sent in troops to quell the rebellion. Thirty prisoners and ten hostages died in the assault. The demonstrators marched through New York to the Rockefeller Centre -- the majestic office block built by his family.
He is now also blamed by some critics for failing to appreciate New York's economic decline, which has ended in the near-bankruptcy of America's largest city.
In 1974, Mr. Rockefeller made a rare public appearance when his second wife, "Happy", left hospital after a cancer operation
Six weeks later, Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as the forty-first Vice President of the United States. Then-President, Gerald Ford, and his wife, Betty, were among those present at the ceremony.
The sixty-six-year-old multi-millionaire could only assume the Vice Presidency after an intensive four-month inquiry into his vast fortune. The ceremony marked the second time in American history that a Vice President took office without popular election.
The news of Mr. Rockefeller's death on Friday (26 January) reached former President, Gerald Ford, while he was on a visit to Jordan.