Miller Center

Nelson Rockefeller

Speaker: Nelson Rockefeller
Date: February 21, 1974
The son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Nelson Rockefeller first served as Franklin D. Roosevelt?s head of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs in 1940 before being promoted to Assistant Secretary of State in charge of Latin American relations. Rockefeller served on a variety of posts during the Eisenhower administration. In 1956, he campaigned against W. Averell Harriman in the gubernatorial race in New York. While governor, Rockefeller implemented several social welfare programs and furthered civil rights legislation. In 1960, 1964, and 1968, he made unsuccessful bids for the Republican presidential nominee.