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Spiro Theodore Agnew
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39th Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1969 – October 10, 1973
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byHubert Humphrey
Succeeded byGerald Ford
55th Governor of Maryland
In office
January 25, 1967 – January 7, 1969
Preceded byJ. Millard Tawes
Succeeded byMarvin Mandel
3rd Baltimore County Executive
In office
Preceded byChristian H. Kahl
Succeeded byDale Anderson
Personal details
BornNovember 9, 1918(1918-11-09)
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedSeptember 17, 1996(1996-09-17) (aged 77)
Berlin, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Judy Agnew
ChildrenPamela Agnew
James Rand Agnew
Susan Agnew
Kimberly Agnew
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
University of Baltimore School of Law
AwardsBronze Star Medal
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

Spiro Theodore Agnew (November 9, 1918 – September 17, 1996) was the 39th Vice President of the United States. He served under President Richard Nixon. He was also the 55th governor of the state of Maryland and the first Greek American governor in United States history.

He is most famous for his resignation in the fall of 1973 after he was under investigation for the crimes of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. In October he was charged with having taken bribes a little more than $100,000 while in office.

Agnew is the only U.S. Vice President in history to leave office because of criminal charges. Ten years later, in January 1983, he paid the state of Maryland almost $270,000 as a result of a civil suit that came from the bribery allegations. He was only the second vice president to resign the office (John C. Calhoun had been the first).[3]

Early life

Spiro Agnew was born in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland. His father was Theodore Spiros Agnew, a Greek immigrant who shortened his name from Anagnostopoulos when he moved to the USA,[4][5] and Margaret Akers, a native of Virginia.

Electoral history

Baltimore County Executive, 1962[6]

  • Spiro Agnew (R) - elected unopposed

Governor of Maryland, 1966[7]

1968 Republican National Convention (Vice Presidential tally)[8]

United States presidential election, 1968

1972 Republican National Convention (Vice Presidential tally)[9]

  • Spiro Agnew (inc.) - 1,345 (99.78%)
  • Abstaining - 2 (0.15%)
  • David Brinkley - 1 (0.07%)

United States presidential election, 1972


Agnew died of leukemia in Berlin, Maryland.


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