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Maryland
Judy Agnew
Vice President Spiro AgnewSpiro Theodore AgnewTed
Elinor Kimberly AgnewJames Rand AgnewPamela Lee AgnewSusan Scott Agnew
Johns Hopkins UniversityUniversity of Baltimore School of LawUniversity of BaltimoreForest Park High School
Towson
Political party - Republican
Episcopal Church, Greek Orthodox Church
Male
Scorpio
Towson
77
Berlin
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Who is Spiro Agnew?

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Spiro Agnew was an American politician who served as the 39th Vice President of the United States, from 1969 to 1973, in the Republican administration of President Richard Nixon. Born in Baltimore to Greek immigrants, Agnew, after getting educated in the local public schools, attended the Johns Hopkins University. Thereafter, he studied law and later graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School; during this time he also served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. Then, he resumed his legal practice in Baltimore but was recalled for active duty during the Korean War and upon returning, Agnew gravitated into politics. He served as the county executive of Baltimore County and was later elected the Governor of Maryland. In 1969, he became the 39th Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket with President Richard Nixon, a position he retained for the next four years. Although, he was re-elected for vice presidency in 1972 but was later forced to resign from his second term after being charged with bribery, conspiracy and tax fraud. Rather than face trial, Agnew entered a plea of no contest to charges of evading income tax, and was sentenced to three years’ probation. After leaving office, Agnew worked as an international trade executive and also published a memoir.

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Spiro Agnew Childhood & Early Life

Spiro Theodore Agnew was born on November 9, 1918, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., to Theodore Spiros Agnew, a Greek-immigrant restaurateur, and his wife, Margaret Akers. From his mother's first marriage, Spiro had a half-brother named Roy Pollard.

Agnew received his early education from Forest Park Senior High School in Baltimore. In 1937, he was enrolled at the Johns Hopkins University and studied chemistry for the next three years.

In 1940, he went to the law school at the University of Baltimore, where he attended night classes. While studying law, he managed his expenses with a day job at an insurance company.

In 1941, Agnew was enlisted into the peacetime Selective Service System and was subsequently drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1946, he returned to the law school and resumed his studies.

Spiro Agnew Careers

In 1947, Agnew completed his law degree and was admitted to the bar in 1949. He started his legal practice at a Baltimore firm and subsequently began a private practice when he was recalled to active duty in 1950, to serve in the Korean War.

Upon returning from active military duty, Agnew resumed his law practice and became involved in Baltimore County's local politics. In 1956, he became a member of the Republican Party and began promoting its national and local campaigns.

In 1957, he was chosen to serve on the Baltimore County Board of Zoning Appeals on a one-year term. The following year, he was re-appointed for a three-year term and later served as the board chairman.

In 1962, he ran for the Baltimore county executive and was duly elected for the post, which he held until 1966. His term as county executive proved to be a success and his popularity increased over the years.

In 1967, he was chosen as the Republican candidate for the Maryland governorship and won the election. From January 1967 to January 1969, Agnew served as the 55th Governor of Maryland.

At the 1968 Republican National Convention, Agnew was chosen as the running mate alongside President Richard Nixon for following presidential elections.

On January 20 1969, Agnew was inaugurated as the 39th Vice President of the United States.

During his term as vice president, Agnew became known for attacking the opponents of Nixon’s administration through his outspoken speeches. He was also recognized for criticizing protesters of the Vietnam War, the press and political dissidents.

In 1972, Agnew was re-nominated for vice presidency and was duly elected for the post. However, early into his second term, Agnew was accused of being involved in extortion, bribery, and income-tax violations during his term as Maryland's governor.

In October 1973, after Agnew was charged, a plea-bargaining took place between Agnew’s lawyers and a federal judge. Agnes pleaded no contest in Federal court to one misdemeanor charge of income tax evasion and as a result, he was fined $10,000 and put on probation for three years. He was also forced to resign from the office and later disbarred by the state of Maryland in 1974.

Upon retreating from politics, Agnew became an international trade executive. During this time, he also published his own memoir titled ‘Go Quietly … Or Else’ (1980), and a best-selling novel ‘The Canfield Decision’ (1986).

Spiro Agnew Major Works

As the Governor of Maryland, Agnew proved himself to be a progressive statesman. While in office, he worked to pass tax and judicial reforms, approved a more liberal abortion law, and increased funding for anti-poverty programs. Agnew also drafted the nation's toughest clean water legislation, repealed the state’s 306-year-old law banning interracial marriage, and passed legislation removing barriers to public housing.

Spiro Agnew Awards & Achievements

Drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, Agnew served with the 10th Armored Division in Europe and was awarded the ‘Bronze Star’ for his services to the country.

Spiro Agnew Personal Life & Legacy

Upon graduating from the army school in 1942, Agnew married Elinor Isabel Judefind, nicknamed Judy, whom he met while working for an insurance company. The couple had four children together: Pamela, James Rand, Susan and Kimberly.

Spiro Agnew died on September 17, 1996, at Atlantic General Hospital, in Berlin, Maryland, U.S., after being diagnosed with an advanced form of leukemia. He was interred at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, in Timonium, Maryland.

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Spiro Agnew biography timelines

  • Spiro Theodore Agnew was born on November 9, 1918, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., to Theodore Spiros Agnew, a Greek-immigrant restaurateur, and his wife, Margaret Akers. From his mother's first marriage, Spiro had a half-brother named Roy Pollard.
    9th Nov 1918
  • Agnew received his early education from Forest Park Senior High School in Baltimore. In 1937, he was enrolled at the Johns Hopkins University and studied chemistry for the next three years.
    1937
  • In 1940, he went to the law school at the University of Baltimore, where he attended night classes. While studying law, he managed his expenses with a day job at an insurance company.
    1940
  • In 1941, Agnew was enlisted into the peacetime Selective Service System and was subsequently drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1946, he returned to the law school and resumed his studies.
    1941 To 1946
  • Upon graduating from the army school in 1942, Agnew married Elinor Isabel Judefind, nicknamed Judy, whom he met while working for an insurance company. The couple had four children together: Pamela, James Rand, Susan and Kimberly.
    1942
  • Upon returning from active military duty, Agnew resumed his law practice and became involved in Baltimore County's local politics. In 1956, he became a member of the Republican Party and began promoting its national and local campaigns.
    1956
  • In 1957, he was chosen to serve on the Baltimore County Board of Zoning Appeals on a one-year term. The following year, he was re-appointed for a three-year term and later served as the board chairman.
    1957
  • In 1962, he ran for the Baltimore county executive and was duly elected for the post, which he held until 1966. His term as county executive proved to be a success and his popularity increased over the years.
    1962 To 1966
  • In 1967, he was chosen as the Republican candidate for the Maryland governorship and won the election. From January 1967 to January 1969, Agnew served as the 55th Governor of Maryland.
    1967
  • At the 1968 Republican National Convention, Agnew was chosen as the running mate alongside President Richard Nixon for following presidential elections.
    1968
  • On January 20 1969, Agnew was inaugurated as the 39th Vice President of the United States.
    20th Jan 1969
  • In 1972, Agnew was re-nominated for vice presidency and was duly elected for the post. However, early into his second term, Agnew was accused of being involved in extortion, bribery, and income-tax violations during his term as Maryland's governor.
    1972
  • In October 1973, after Agnew was charged, a plea-bargaining took place between Agnew’s lawyers and a federal judge. Agnes pleaded no contest in Federal court to one misdemeanor charge of income tax evasion and as a result, he was fined $10,000 and put on probation for three years. He was also forced to resign from the office and later disbarred by the state of Maryland in 1974.
    Oct 1973 To 1974
  • Upon retreating from politics, Agnew became an international trade executive. During this time, he also published his own memoir titled ‘Go Quietly … Or Else’ (1980), and a best-selling novel ‘The Canfield Decision’ (1986).
    1980 To 1986
  • Spiro Agnew died on September 17, 1996, at Atlantic General Hospital, in Berlin, Maryland, U.S., after being diagnosed with an advanced form of leukemia. He was interred at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, in Timonium, Maryland.
    17th Sep 1996
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Frequently asked questions about Spiro Agnew

  • What is Spiro Agnew birthday?

    Spiro Agnew was born at November 9, 1918

  • Where is Spiro Agnew's birth place?

    Spiro Agnew was born in Towson

  • What is Spiro Agnew nationalities?

    Spiro Agnew's nationalities is American

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    Spiro Agnew's ideologies is Republicans

  • Who is Spiro Agnew spouses?

    Spiro Agnew's spouses is Judy Agnew

  • Who is Spiro Agnew childrens?

    Spiro Agnew's childrens is Elinor Kimberly Agnew, James Rand Agnew, Pamela Lee Agnew, Susan Scott Agnew

  • What was Spiro Agnew universities?

    Spiro Agnew studied at Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore School of Law, University of Baltimore, Forest Park High School university

  • What is Spiro Agnew's political ideology?

    Spiro Agnew's political ideology is Political party - Republican

  • What is Spiro Agnew's religion?

    Spiro Agnew's religion is Episcopal Church, Greek Orthodox Church

  • What is Spiro Agnew's sun sign?

    Spiro Agnew is Scorpio

  • When was Spiro Agnew died?

    Spiro Agnew was died at September 17, 1996

  • Where was Spiro Agnew died?

    Spiro Agnew was died in Berlin

  • Which age was Spiro Agnew died?

    Spiro Agnew was died at age 77