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Spiro Agnew

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US Vice - President of the US Republican Party from 1969 to 1973 in the administration of Richard Nixon.

US Vice - President of the US Republican Party from 1969 to 1973 in the administration of Richard Nixon.From Protestantism has adopted the Greek families (and enjoyed the support of the Greek Orthodox community) . From January 1967 to January 1969 - the governor of Maryland.

He was elected Vice-President with Nixon for two terms in 1968 and 1972, in the 1976 election was planning to run for president. In June 1973, after it has been made public some of its financial abuse (tax evasion, bribery) and began the prosecution. October 10, 1973 Agnew as part of a plea agreement actually recognized one of the charges (declined to explain the origin of the sums of money ,obtained in 1967) and resigned from the post of vice-president. Agnew became the second US vice-president, resigned (after John Calhoun in 1832, who preferred to take a seat in the Senate) . Already in 1983, ten years later, Agnew paid the state of Maryland in a civil lawsuit that followed because of this case, 270 thousand dollars.This put an end to all presidential ambitions Agnew. In addition, due to the recognition of charges under state law, he was deprived of his law license. He blamed the incident on Nixon, who, from the point of view of Agnew, ordered to launch an investigation against his vice president ,to divert attention from himself directly affects the scandal " Watergate. " It is known from publicize the case of Nixon Watergate records negotiation that he discussed with his entourage Agnew resigned even before the elections 1972. In any case, such a strategy did not save Nixonforced under threat of impeachment in August 1974 also resign. In 1980, Agnew even hinted that Nixon threatened to kill him if he did not leave the vice - presidency. Later, he wrote an autobiographical novel about the events.

After the events of 1973-1974, Nixon and Agnew had never seen. When Nixon died in 1994Briefly it survived Agnew, however, appeared on the former president `s funeral.

He died and was buried in Maryland. Agnew died of leukemia diagnosed in just a day before his death, when he was hospitalized.

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