One Nov. 17 was a scandalous day in NYC history. On this day in 1961 New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and his wife Mary announce they are divorcing after 31 years of marriage.
One year later he married Margaretta Murphy.
This alienated many of his friends and supporters. The divorce was widely condemned by politicians, such as another liberal Senator Prescott S. Bush of Connecticut, who condemned his infidelity, divorce, and remarriage.
The shocking news casts a long shadow over the governor’s run for the presidency in 1964, and he loses the Republican nomination to Barry Goldwater.
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