FBI File on Nelson Rockefeller

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Nelson Rockefeller, grandson of industrialist John D. Rockefeller, held many state and federal offices. In 1940, he began a long career in government when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him as coordinator of inter-American affairs. He served in various federal posts until he was elected governor of New York in 1958. In 1973, after three unsuccessful runs for the Republican presidential nomination, Rockefeller resigned as New York’s governor. In 1974, President Gerald Ford appointed him vice-president.

This file on Nelson Rockefeller contains papers relating to the background checks conducted by the FBI in advance of his appointment to various positions in the federal government. An excellent example of what comprises a full-blown FBI background check, this lightly excised collection will be a valuable resource for those studying political science and American history.

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