Winthrop A. Rockefeller
1912 - Winthrop A. Rockefeller, born on the 1st of May in New York City, New York to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife, the former Abby Greene Aldrich. He was a politician and philanthropist who served as the first Republican Governor of Arkansas since Reconstruction. He was a third-generation member of the renowned Rockefeller family.
1931 - 1934 - Attended Yale University but was ejected as a result of misbehavior before earning his degree.
1941 - He enlisted into the 77th Infantry Division and fought in World War II, advancing from Private to Colonel and earning a Bronze Star with clusters and Purple Heart for his actions aboard the troopship USS Henrico, after a kamikaze attack during the Battle of Okinawa.
1948 - Married for the first time. His bride was Jievute Paulekiute Sears, best known as Barbara "Bobo" Paul Sears.
1953 - Moved to central Arkansas and established Winrock Enterprises and Winrock Farms atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, Arkansas.
1955 - Governor Orval Eugene Faubus appointed him as chairman of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (AIDC).
1964 - Resigned his position with the AIDC and conducted his first campaign for Governor.
1968 - At the Republican National Convention, he received backing from members of the Arkansas delegation as a "favorite son" presidential candidate.
1972 - Persuaded Len E. Blaylock, his former welfare commissioner known for expertise in government administration to be the Republican gubernatorial nominee.
1973 - Died in Palm Springs, California, at the age of sixty on the 22nd of February due tp Pancreatic Cancer.
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