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Spiro Agnew

Republican US vice-president (under Richard Nixon) between 1969 and 1973. He had previously been governor of Maryland between 1966 and 1969.

Agnew took the lead in a campaign against the press and opponents of the Vietnam War, and although he was one of the few administration officials not to be implicated in the Watergate affair, he resigned in 1973, shortly before pleading ”no contest” to a charge of income-tax evasion.