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FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD FORD DIES AT 93
President Gerald Ford (C), shown in a April 28, 1975 file photo meeting with Secretary Henry Kissinger (R) and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller in the Oval Office, died at the age of 93 in his home in Rancho Mirage, California on December 26, 2006. (UPI Photo/ David Hume Kennerly/Gerald R. Ford Library)...Location: The Oval Office..Description: President Ford meets in the Oval Office with Secretary Kissinger and Vice President Rockefeller to discuss the American evacuation of Saigon...Date: April 28, 1975..Credit: White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library..Photographer: David Hume Kennerly
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Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was the 41st Vice President of the United States (1974-1977), serving under President Gerald Ford, and the 49th Governor of New York (1959-1973), as well as serving the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower administrations in a variety of positions. He was also a noted businessman, art collector, and philanthropist.

Rockefeller, a Republican, was relatively liberal and his views were often generally close to those of the opposing Democratic Party. In his time, moderates in Republican party were called "Rockefeller Republicans". As Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973 his achievements included the expansion of the State University of New York, efforts to protect the environment, the building of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, increased facilities and personnel for medical care, and creation of the New York State Council on the Arts. After unsuccessfully seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 1960, 1964, and 1968, he served as Vice President (under the 25th Amendment) from 1974 to 1977 under President Gerald R. Ford, but did not join the 1976 Republican national ticket with President Ford, marking his retirement from politics.

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