Agnew, Spiro T.
In-person signature of Nixon’s 1969-73 VP, 1st VP to resign from office over criminal charges
Autograph ID: 7176
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1918-1996) Baltimore-born Maryland politician (R), 39th Vice President 1969-73 under Richard Nixon. Graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Baltimore School of Law. He was an officer in WW II, recalled for service during the Korean War in 1950. Elected Baltimore County Executive 1962, elected 55th Governor of Maryland 1966, serving 1967-69. Elected VP 1968, re-elected with President Nixon 1972. His pugnacious attacks on Administration opponents, notably the news media and anti-war demonstrator, won him many conservative GOP admirers. In late summer 1973, he was investigated by the US Attorney’s office for the District of Maryland on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery, and conspiracy. In Oct. 1973, he was charged with having accepted bribes over $100,000 while Baltimore County Executive, Governor, and VP. On Oct. 10, 1973, Agnew pled no contest to a single charge that he failed to report $29,500 of 1967 income with the condition that he resign as Vice President. Nixon replaced him as VP with House Minority Leader Gerald Ford. Agnew was the 2nd VP to resign, the other being John C. Calhoun; Agnew was the only one to do so because of criminal charges. In Jan. 1983, he paid the Maryland nearly $270,000 as a result of a civil suit that stemmed from bribery allegations.
In-person signature on 3 x 4 ¾ blue-lined notepaper”