Marvin Mandel

When Spiro Agnew made the transition from Maryland governor to U.S. vice president

When Spiro Agnew made the transition from Maryland governor to U.S. vice president

For neither the first time nor the last, Marylanders saw their governor resign from office in January 1969. But the circumstances were both unprecedented and, so far at least, not to be repeated.

Gov. Spiro T. Agnew left Annapolis not in disgrace, not because he found a better offer, not because he was sick or wanted to spend more time with his family. He left because he had been elected vice president of the United States.

His selection, the previous August, to serve as the running mate for Republican candidate Richard M. Nixon had been a major surprise — the result, according to contemporary newspaper reports, of a strategy worked out by Nixon and South Carolina Sen. Strom...

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