U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV announced today he won’t seek a sixth term next year, posing a challenge for Democrats to keep the seat representing West Virginia.
The Rockefellers, the Morgans and the Astors, the most powerful Gilded Age families, knew how to pick real estate. The worth of the properties they once owned on Mount Desert Island in Maine has soared during the national real estate bust.
"As I approach 50 years of public service in West Virginia, I've decided that 2014 will be the right moment for me to find new ways to fight for the causes I believe in and to spend more time with my incredible family."
- John D. Rockefeller on Jan 11, 2013