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Strom Thurmond
Channeling Spiro Agnew in the Baltimore riots
Channeling Spiro Agnew in the Baltimore riots

Name a newly elected Republican governor of Maryland with little previous political experience that hailed from the suburbs and had to deal with racial unrest and rioting in the city during his first term. Maryland's current Gov. Larry Hogan? Guess again. How about future Vice President Spiro Agnew. As the situation in Baltimore unfolded over the past week, it brought back memories of the violence that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King in April 1968. Maryland's then relatively unknown Republican Governor, Spiro Agnew, had just started his second year in office. His reaction to the unfolding situation helped make him a household name and led to a reshaping of...