Richard Nixon Facts | 37th US PRESIDENT
US President: (1969-1974)
US Vice President: Spiro Agnew (1969-1973), Gerald Ford (1973-1974)
Political Party: Republican
Birth: January 9, 1913 Yorba Linda, CA
Death: April 22, 1994 New York City, NY
Education: Whittier College, Duke University School of Law
37th President of the United States (1969 – 1974)
36th Vice President of the United States (1953 – 1961)
United States Senator from California (1950 – 1953)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 12th district (1947 – 1950)
First Ladies: Pat Ryan (m. 1940 – 1993)
Children: Tricia Nixon Cox, Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Pictures of Pat Nixon from the Library of Congress
Julie Nixon and marriage to David Eisenhower
Facts about Richard Nixon
He visited Moscow in 1959 to open the U.S. trade fair and had famous a kitchen debate with Russian Premier Khrushchev. Nixon first encountered his future first lady as a leading lady in 1938 when both auditioned for the Whittier Community Players production of The Dark Tower.
- As a student, Richard Nixon was third in his class and was offered a tuition grant to Harvard, but he was needed at home by his family.
- Nixon was only 39 years old when he ran for vice president in 1952.
He reduced tensions between these Communist nations and the U.S., helping to set the stage for establishing formal diplomatic relations.
- Richard Nixon initiated efforts to achieve peace with honor and end the war in Vietnam, which he inherited from President Johnson.
- Nixon was a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II.
- Through his maternal grandfather, Nixon reportedly descended from King Edward III of England.
- Nixon’s mother, Hannah, was a devout Quaker who instilled the faith in her husband and children.
More Richard Nixon Facts
In 1938, Nixon and several investors attempted to strike it rich making California orange juice, but Richard had no more luck than his father in the citrus business. Nixon and Franklin Roosevelt are the only two people to appear on a national presidential ticket five times. He created the Office of Minority Business Enterprise in 1969 to increase business opportunity.
He got into politics by answering a newspaper ad. In 1945, a Republican group was looking for someone to run against a popular Congressman in California.
- Nixon could play five musical instruments: saxophone, clarinet, accordion, piano and violin.
- One of Nixon’s favorite pastimes in the White House was bowling. He even bowl a few frames dressed in his suit.
While Nixon was running for re-election in 1972, operatives associated with his campaign broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Several members of Nixons administration had knowledge of the burglary and while Nixon denied any involvement, secret tapes of White House conversations later revealed that the president had participated in efforts to cover up the criminal activity. Facing impeachment by Congress, Nixon resigned from office on August 9, 1974.
Richard Nixon Childhood
Born on January 9, 1913, in Yorba Linda, California, Richard Milhous Nixon was the second of five children born to Frank Nixon and Hannah Milhouse Nixon. His father was a service station owner and grocer, who also owned a small lemon farm in Yorba Linda. His mother was a Quaker who exerted a strong influence on her son. Richard Nixon’s early life was hard, as he characterized by saying, “”We were poor, but the glory of it was we didn’t know it.”” The family experienced tragedy twice early in Richard’s life: His younger brother died in 1925 after a short illness, and in 1933, his older brother, whom he greatly admired, died of tuberculosis.
Richard Nixon attended Fullerton High School but later transferred to Whittier High School, where he ran for student body president (but lost to a more popular student). Nixon graduated high school second in his class and was offered a scholarship to Harvard, but his family couldn’t afford the travel and living expenses.
Upon graduation from Whittier in 1934, Nixon received a full scholarship to Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C. After graduation, Nixon returned to the town of Whittier to practice law at Kroop & Bewley. He soon met Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan, a teacher and amateur actress, after the two were cast in the same play at a local community theater.
A career as a small-town lawyer was not enough for a man with Nixon’s ambition, so in August 1942, he and Pat moved to Washington, D.C., where he took a job in Franklin Roosevelt’s Office of Price Administration.
Serving as an aviation ground officer in the Pacific, Nixon saw no combat, but he returned to the United States with two service stars and several commendations. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant commander before resigning his commission in January 1946.
Where is Richard Nixon buried?
Nixon’s funeral took place on April 27, 1994 in Yorba Linda, California. He is buried beside his wife Pat on the grounds of the Nixon Library.
How did Richard Nixon die?
He died at 9:08 p.m. on April 22, 1994 by stroke and cerebral edema, with his daughters at his bedside. He was 81 years old.”