George Beall, the prosecutor who led the investigation that culminated with the conviction and resignation of U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, will speak at Frostburg State University Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in FSU's Lane University Center Atkinson Room (201).
The Frostburg native will discuss the events 30 years ago that thrust him, then a 35-year-old U.S. Attorney for Maryland, into the national spotlight. The lecture is free and open to the public.
At the height of the Watergate scandal, investigators in Maryland were looking into other corruption – that of kickbacks being paid to public officials by architects, engineers and contractors doing business with public agencies in the state. Before becoming Richard Nixon's vice president in 1969, Agnew had been governor of Maryland and Baltimore County executive. Investigations pointed to misconduct by Agnew as far back as 1964.
With the investigation beginning to implicate Agnew, the possibility that the president and vice president would both face charges of official misconduct was a daunting possibility for the nation. Agnew resigned as Vice President on Oct. 10, 1973, pleading "no contest" to charges of tax evasion.
Beall's personal papers concerning the Agnew investigation and resignation are now housed in the Beall Archives at FSU's Ort Library, which also house the papers of his father, J. Glenn Beall, and his brother, J. Glenn Beall Jr., both of whom served in the U.S. Senate.
Beall was at the center of a unique and crucial turning point in our country. He has seldom spoken publicly about his role, making his appearance at FSU a rare opportunity for anyone interested in this important time in American history.
For more information about the George Beall lecture, contact Nat DeBruin at the Beall Archives at (301) 687-3114. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.