Before his electoral career ended in a Baltimore courtroom 50 years ago, Spiro T. Agnew had enjoyed a meteoric rise. In less than two decades, one of Maryland’s most famous sons ascended from a low-ranking zoning commission position in the Baltimore suburbs to being one step removed from the U.S. presidency. His resignation in exchange for no jail time and pleading “no contest” to a single tax evasion charge in October 1973 bookended an important political career that began with his election as Baltimore County executive in 1962.
In the 50 years since Spiro Agnew resigned, Maryland has seen changes in officeholders’ accountability
October 3, 2023