Mary Rockefeller

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Mary Rockefeller
First Lady of New York
In role
January 1, 1959 – March 16, 1962
Governor Nelson Rockefeller
Preceded by Marie Norton Harriman
Succeeded by Happy Rockefeller
Personal details
Born Mary Todhunter Clark
June 17, 1907
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died April 21, 1999(1999-04-21) (aged 91)
New York City
Spouse(s) Nelson Rockefeller (1930–1962; divorce)
Children Five

Mary Todhunter Clark Rockefeller (June 17, 1907 – April 21, 1999) was the first wife of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, a Governor of New York. She served as the First Lady of New York from 1959 until the Rockefellers' divorce in March 1962. After their divorce, Nelson Rockefeller served as the 41st Vice President of the United States.


Known as Tod to her family[citation needed], she was born in Philadelphia. Her father, Percy Hamilton Clark, was an attorney and noted cricketer, and her mother was Elizabeth Williams Roberts, daughter of George B. Roberts, a former president of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

She married Nelson Rockefeller on June 23, 1930, at St. Asaph's Episcopal Church in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, with a reception at the home of her parents, a few days after Nelson had graduated from Dartmouth College. They had five children: Rodman Rockefeller, Ann Rockefeller, Steven Clark Rockefeller, and twins Michael Clark Rockefeller and Mary Rockefeller.

Mary Rockefeller divorced her husband on March 16, 1962.[1] A year later, "Happy" Murphy became the governor's second wife.

Mary Todhunter Rockefeller died in New York City in 1999 at the age of 91.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Reich, Cary. The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to Conquer, 1908 - 1958, New York: Doubleday, 1996.


  1. ^ "Rockefeller, Second Wife Expecting Baby In June". New York Times. January 1, 1964. Retrieved 2010-12-09. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination, is a father-to-be. ... Rockefeller, 55, is a grand-father. He and his first wife, Mrs. Mary Todhunter Clark Rockefeller, who divorced him in Reno, Nev., on March 16, 1962, ... 
  2. ^ Eric Pace (22 April 1999), "Mary C. Rockefeller, Governor's Former Wife, Dead at 91", New York Times, pp. C23, retrieved 17 December 2009, Mary Clark Rockefeller, who was prominent in the education of nurses and was New York State's First Lady when she was married to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, died yesterday at her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She was 91. ... 

See also[edit]

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Marie Harriman
First Lady of New York
Succeeded by
Margaretta Rockefeller