38th Vice President
J. Millard Tawes
39th Vice President of the United States
40th Vice President
Spiro Theodore Agnew was the son of Theodore Agnew, a Greek-immigrant restaurateur who had shortened his name from Anagnostopoulos, and Margaret Akers, from Virginia. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, and began a law practice in a Baltimore suburb in 1947. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1941, serving as an officer during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in France and Germany. He was recalled to service with the Army in 1950 during the Korean War.
Agnew was elected Baltimore county executive in 1962 and then governor of Maryland in 1967. His rise from County Executive to Vice President in six years was one of the fastest rises in U.S. political history. He had served less than two years as governor when he was selected as Richard Nixon’s running mate. As Vice President, he soon found his role as the voice of the so-called "silent majority," and by late 1969 he was ranking high on national "Most Admired Men" polls. He was known for his scathing criticisms of political opponents, especially journalists and anti-war activists. His relationship with the President quickly deteriorated, and Nixon reluctantly kept Agnew on the ticket in the 1972 election. Agnew was the second Vice President in United States history to resign, and the only one to do so because of criminal charges. He resigned the vice presidency on October 10, 1973, and appeared in United States District Court in Baltimore on the same day to plead nolo contendere (no contest) to a single federal charge of failing to report on his income-tax return $29,500 in income that he had received in 1967. After the state of Maryland disbarred him in 1974, he became a consultant to foreign business concerns.
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J2QJ-Y3P : accessed 9 November 2015), Spiro T Agnew, 17 Sep 1996; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X3WG-JMD : accessed 9 November 2015), Spiro T Agnew in household of Theodore Agnew, Baltimore (Districts 251-500), Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0467, sheet 8B, family 106, line 67, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 859; FHL microfilm 2,340,594.
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