Richard Nixon Facts

Richard Nixon Facts
Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States who served from 1969 to 1974, when he resigned while facing impeachment. He was born Richard Milhous Nixon on January 9, 1913, in Yorba Linda, California, to Francis A. Nixon and Hannah Nixon. He was raised in a poor household with four brothers. Richard Nixon was president of his 8th grade class. He participated in debating and junior varsity football. He was defeated in high school to become student body president. Despite being given a grant to attend Harvard University, Richard Nixon's brother was ill and Richard stayed home to help care for his brother. He attended Whittier College instead. He was later given a full scholarship to Duke University School of Law and became president of the Duke Bar Association. He would one day become the U.S. President.
Interesting Richard Nixon Facts:
Nixon attempted to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation but never heard back following his application. Years later he learned he had been hired but because of budget cuts his hiring was cancelled before he got word.
After not joining the FBI Nixon returned to California and was admitted to the bar to practice law.
Nixon worked in commercial law with Wingert and Bewley. He avoided divorce law.
Nixon opened his own branch of Wingert and Bewley in 1938 and in 1939 he became a full partner.
While playing a role in a production of The Dark Tower at Whittier Community Players, Richard Nixon met his future wife Patricia Ryan. He was smitten immediately but she took time to agree to marry him.
On June 21, 1940, Richard Nixon married Patricia Ryan. They had two daughters together, born in 1946 and 1948.
Richard Nixon joined the Navy in 1942 and served during World War II in the South Pacific.
In 1946 Richard Nixon was elected to Congress. In 1948 he was re-elected to Congress.
Richard Nixon was elected to the United States Senate in 1950, from his home state of California.
Richard Nixon served as VP to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 after they won the election by a large majority. They were re-elected in the 1956 election.
Richard Nixon ran against JFK in 1960 but lost by 113,000 votes. This is considered to be the closest election in history in the United States.
In 1962 Nixon joined a law firm in NY.
Nixon won the nomination for President in 1968 and won the election against Hubert Humphrey.
Nixon wanted to end the Vietnam War. He achieved voluntary desegregation in schools. He encouraged tribal self-determination.
In 1971 Nixon declared war on cancer with a $100 million campaign to find a cure.
In 1972 Nixon was re-elected as President.
Nixon was the first U.S. President to make an official visit to Russia (then the Soviet Union).
Richard Nixon resigned from his presidency in 1974 due to the Watergate scandal, which involved his administration taking part in illegal activities such as bugging political opponents' offices.
Richard Nixon had a severe stroke on April 18, 1994 and died on April 27, 1994. Many former presidents were in attendance at his funeral.

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