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U.S. Vice Presidents: Spiro Agnew


Spiro T. Agnew

(1918 - 1996)

Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996) - Find A Grave Memorial


Original Name

Spiro Theodore Agnew


39th U.S. Vice President (January 20, 1969 - October 10, 1973)

55th Governor of Maryland

(January 25, 1967 - January 7, 1969)

3rd Executive of Baltimore County

(December 1962 - December 1966)

Date of Birth

November 9, 1918

Place of Birth

Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Death September 17, 1996
Place of Death Berlin, Maryland

John Hopkins University (BA)

University of Baltimore (LLB)


Virginia Dell Cassidy

Theodore Agnew (Theophrastos Anagnostopoulos)



Judy Judefind

Political Party


Military Service


United States


United States Army

Years of Service

1941 - 1945




World War II

Awards Bronze Star
Number of Children Four


Did You Know?

Vice President Agnew...

  • ...was drafted into the United States Army during World War II.
  • ...became involved in politics after returning from active military duty.
  • ...was accused of being involved in extortion, bribery, and income-tax violations during his term as Maryland's governor in 1972. In 1973, he was charged and he pleaded no contest in Federal court.
  • ...was disbarred in 1974 by the state of Maryland.


Spiro Theodore Agnew was the 39th vice president of the United States, serving from 1969 until his resignation in 1973. He is the second and most recent vice president to resign the position, the other being John C. Calhoun in 1832. Unlike Calhoun, Agnew resigned as a result of a scandal. In 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax fraud. Agnew took kickbacks from contractors during his time as Baltimore County Executive and Governor of Maryland. The payments had continued into his time as vice president; they had nothing to do with the Watergate scandal, in which he was not implicated. After months of maintaining his innocence, Agnew pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion and resigned from office. Nixon replaced him with House Republican leader Gerald Ford. Agnew spent the remainder of his life quietly, rarely making public appearances. He wrote a novel and a memoir; both defended his actions.


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