Spiro Agnew Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Shalini Moorthi
Feb 08, 2024 By Shalini Moorthi
Originally Published on Feb 04, 2023
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Spiro Agnew served as the 39th US vice president from 1969 to 1973.
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About Spiro Agnew

Spiro Agnew, the former American vice president, was born on November 9, 1918, to a Greek father and an American mother in Baltimore, Maryland.

Spiro Agnew started his education at Garrison Junior High School and entered Forest Park High School, Baltimore, Maryland, US. After graduating high school, Spiro enrolled in Johns Hopkins University and then graduated from the University of Baltimore.

Spiro Agnew's political affiliation was towards the Republication part of the United States. He became the Baltimore County Board of Zoning Appeals. He was elected as the governor of Maryland by opposing the Democratic party. From 1969 to 1973, he served as vice president of the United States of America under President Richard Nixon's administration. In late 1996, Agnew fell ill in his home in Maryland and was taken to Atlantic general hospital, Berlin. On September 16, 1996, he died. The cause of his death was untreated leukemia. After a family-only attended funeral, Spiro was buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Spiro Agnew Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Spiro Agnew's net worth?

Spiro Agnew's net worth was estimated to be $1.5 million.

How much did Spiro Agnew earn per year?

Spiro Agnew's earnings per year were unspecified.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Spiro Agnew?

Spiro Agnew was 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) tall.

How old was Spiro Agnew?

Spiro Agnew was born on November 9, 1918, and died on September 17, 1996 (77).

Childhood And Education

Spiro, with his father, mother, and stepbrother, lived in a tiny apartment at 226 West Madison St., Baltimore. He was baptized as an Episcopalian, not into Greek Orthodox Church, where his father belonged by birth.  

After a few years, the Agnew family shifted to Forest Park, Baltimore, where little Spiro enrolled in Garrison Junior High School. After completing his initial education at Garrison, Spiro joined Forest Park High School. Like all other families, his family was affected by the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which resulted in them selling their house.

After high school, in 1937, Spiro enrolled at Johns Hopkins University and chose his major as chemistry. His days as a Johns Hopkins University student were hard times for him with academic pressure and unstable finance back at home. Spiro eventually quit majoring in chemistry and attended night school at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Spiro Agnew's father, Theophrastos Anagnostopoulos, was born in Greece in 1877. His family was speculated to be involved in olive cultivation and led a poverty-stricken life. Theophrastos then migrated to the United States of America and lived in Schenectady, New York City. Soon after, he changed his name from Theophrastos Anagnostopoulos to Theodore Agnew. 

From Schenectady, Theodore relocated to Baltimore and ran a restaurant where he befriended William Pollard and his wife, Margaret Pollard. After William's demise, Theodore and Margaret remarried on December 12, 1917. Both birthed their son, Spiro Agnew, on November 9, 1918. Margaret had a son already with William.

While working at an insurance company, Spiro met Elinor Judefind, fondly called Judy. Both developed an affection for each other and married on May 27, 1942. The couple had four children, Pamela Lee, James Rand, Susan Scott, and Elinor Kimberly.

Who was Spiro Agnew's partner?

Elinor Judefind a.k.a Judy Agnew was the partner of Spiro Agnew.

Career And Professional Highlights

After his marriage with Judy, Spiro Agnew was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. In 1945, his army life came to an end, and he pursued his degree in law. After studying law, Agnew practiced the same in 1947.

In the '50s, Agnew ventured into politics by attempting to be a Republican party candidate. In 1962, he was elected as Baltimore County Executive, and after a couple of years, he was appointed governor of Maryland, serving from 1967 to 1969. He also served as the chairman of the Rockefeller for president citizen's committee.

Spiro Agnew served as the vice president of the United States of America in the republication administration of then-president Richard M. Nixon from 1969 to 1973.

After resigning as vice president, Spiro started a business firm Pathlite Inc. He also wrote a book 'The Canfield Decision', which dealt with the president and vice president relationship. In the '80s, he wrote another book, 'Go Quietly... Or Else'.

Best Known For…

Spiro Agnew was known in the nation's history for his resignation from the vice president position in 1973.

Charity Work

Spiro Agnew, in the '70s, announced creating a charity foundation, Education For Democracy.

What awards did Spiro Agnew win?

The United State Army awarded Spiro Agnew Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star for his service during World War II.

Spiro Agnew's Hobbies And Interests

Spiro Agnew's hobbies were watching the Baltimore Colts on TV, reading 'Readers' Digest', and listening to Mantovani. Lawrence Welk was Agnew's favorite musician.

Other Interesting Spiro Agnew Facts And Trivia

  • Spiro Agnew was the 39th vice president of the United States of America.
  • Spiro Agnew was the 55th Governor of Maryland.
  • Spiro Agnew was the second vice president of the United States of America to resign. John C. Calhoun was the first.
  • According to the astrologers, Scorpio, the eight astrological sign, was the zodiac sign of Spiro Agnew.
  • Spiro Agnew, during his studenthood, wished to be known and called by the nickname Ted.
  • When Spiro was studying at the university, he worked as an insurance clerk at Maryland Casualty Company to support himself and his allowance.
  • On October 10, 1972, Spiro Agnew resigned his vice presidency and pleaded for nolo contendere in the United States District Court in Baltimore for criminal charges against him and was fined $10,000.

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Spiro Agnew Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Spiro Theodore Agnew

Date of Birth

1918-11-09

Date of Death

1996-09-17

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Baltimore

Height

188 cm

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Former Vice president

Education

University of Baltimore

Net Worth

1500000

Partner

Judy Agnew

Parents

Theophrastos Anagnostopoulos, Margaret Pollard
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Written by Shalini Moorthi

Master of Arts specializing in English

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Shalini MoorthiMaster of Arts specializing in English

With a Master's degree in English and Comparative literature from Pondicherry University, Shalini is an accomplished and award-winning writer. She is also dedicated to education, having mentored students to successfully pass entrance exams. Shalini's passion for literature extends beyond her professional life, as she enjoys reading and writing poetry in her leisure time.

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