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VICE PRESIDENT SPIRO T. AGNEW - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/17/1968 - HFSID 47449

SPIRO T. AGNEW Governor Spiro Agnew types a letter of encouargement. Typed Letter Signed: "Spiro T. Agnew" as Governor of Maryland, 1p, 8½x11. The Governor Annapolis, Maryland, 1968 December 17. To Mr. Gary Loring, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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SPIRO T. AGNEW
Governor Spiro Agnew types a letter of encouargement.
Typed Letter Signed: "Spiro T. Agnew" as Governor of Maryland, 1p, 8½x11. The Governor Annapolis, Maryland, 1968 December 17. To Mr. Gary Loring, La Crosse, Wisconsin. In full: "Thank you for your cordial letter of support. In this day, when it seems so many Americans of your age are receiving undue notoriety for their opposition to our nation's institutions, it is gratifying to learn of your dedication to the ideals of our country. In response to your question, 'What can I do?', I would say first, all that you are asked to do as a citizen. This involves a broad spectrum of responsibilities from voting to military service. In addition, ample opportunities exist for those willing to perform 'above and beyond the call of duty.' These range from active participation in the political party of your choice to volunteering your time to assist in civic improvement projects. Our national progress is directly linked to the progress of our individual communities. Please be assured that you have my good wishes in whatever aspect of community service you choose to enter. Sincerely," In 1962, Republican attorney Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996), born Spiro Anagnostopoulos, was elected as County Executive of Baltimore County, Maryland, his first public office. An outsider in a predominantly Democratic county, in 1966, Democrats selected an opponent of integration as their candidate for the state's Governor and Agnew won the governorship. Sworn in as Governor of Maryland in January 1967, Agnew, who became noted for his backing of tax and judicial reforms, resigned on January 7, 1969, having been elected as Richard M. Nixon's Vice President. Reelected to the vice presidency in 1972, Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973 in the face of charges that he had accepted $29,500 in bribes while Governor of Maryland (and allegedly continued to receive bribes while Vice President) and falsified federal tax returns. Agnew, who pleaded nolo contendere to the income tax charge in federal court, was sentenced to three years probation and fined $10,000. Disbarred in Maryland, he became an international trade executive after leaving office. Then in 1981, Agnew was ordered by a Maryland judge to pay $247,735 to the state to compensate for bribes and kickbacks received while Governor of Maryland and Vice President from public works contracts. Fine condition.

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