Happy Rockefeller

Born Jun 9, 1926

Margaretta Large Fitler Murphy Rockefeller, known as Happy Rockefeller, is the widow of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979), who was the 41st Vice President of the United States of America and a Governor of New York. She was the Second Lady of the United States from 1974–1977.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born on June 9, 1926.


1945 19 Years Old Her first husband, from December 11, 1945 until their divorce on April 1, 1963, was Dr. James Slater Murphy, a virologist associated with Rockefeller Institute who was a close friend of Nelson Rockefeller. … Read More


1961 35 Years Old She previously had worked as a member of his office staff until her resignation in 1961. He had divorced his first wife, Mary Todhunter Clark, on March 16, 1962. … Read More
1963 37 Years Old At the home of Laurance S. Rockefeller in Pocantico Hills, New York, on May 4, 1963, a month after her divorce - which was granted for reasons of what The New York Times called "grievous mental anguish" and her former husband's lawyer called "irreconcilable differences" - she married Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.
1964 38 Years Old Echoing the party-wide concerns, an official of the Michigan Republican Party told The New York Times that the couple's potential marriage likely would cost Rockefeller the 1964 presidential nomination. "The rapidity of it all - he gets a divorce, she gets a divorce - and the indication of the break-up of two homes. … Read More


1971 45 Years Old Happy Rockefeller served as the chairman of the board for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 1971.
1974 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was the Second Lady of the United States from 1974 - 1977. … Read More


1991 65 Years Old She was appointed as a public delegate to the United Nations by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
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