Richard Nixon (1913 – 1994) [cite this] More images » Life in Brief: Schoolchildren absorb at least one fact about Richard Milhous Nixon: He was the first and (so far) the only President of the United States to resign the office. Before the spectacular fall, there was an equally spectacular rise. In a half-dozen y… more life in brief » Essays about Richard Nixon Life in Brief Life in Brief: Schoolchildren absorb at least one fact about Richard Milhous Nixon: He was the first and (so far) the only President of the United States to resign the office. Before the spectacular fall, there was an equally spectacular rise. In a half-dozen years, he went from obscurity to a heartbeat from t… Life Before the Presidency Life Before the Presidency: While courting common voters, Nixon made the most of his common origins; biographers, both sympathetic and critical, have tended to follow suit. He was born in one small California town (Yorba Linda) and grew up in another (East Whittier). His parents were in some ways opposites—Frank Nixo… Campaigns and Elections Campaigns and Elections: The Election of 1968: Richard Nixon's presidential defeat in 1960 and gubernatorial defeat in 1962 gave him the reputation of a loser. He spent six years shaking it before he could win the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. During that time, he joined a prestigious law firm in New York Ci…Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs: The Nixon administration marked the end of America's long period of post-World War II prosperity and the onset of a period of high inflation and unemployment-"stagflation." Unemployment was unusually low when Nixon took office in January 1969 (3.3 percent), but inflation was ri…Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs: President Richard Nixon, like his arch-rival President John F. Kennedy, was far more interested in foreign policy than in domestic affairs. It was in this arena that Nixon intended to make his mark. Although his base of support was within the conservative wing of the Republican Party, and althou…Life After the Presidency Life After the Presidency: Remarks on Pardoning Richard Nixon (September 8, 1974) Presidential Speech Archive When President Richard Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency, telling Americans, "Our long national nightmare is over." On September 8, President Ford pardon…Family Life Family Life: Richard and Pat Nixon were married in 1940, and she supported him throughout the ups and downs of his long political career. The Nixons had two children-Patricia "Tricia" and Julie-who were both grown when Nixon became President. Julie married David Eisenhower, one of Dwight Eisenh…Impact and Legacy Impact and Legacy: Richard Nixon's six years in the White House remain widely viewed as pivotal in American military, diplomatic, and political history. In the two decades before Nixon took office, a liberal Democratic coalition dominated presidential politics, and American foreign policy was marked by large-s… About His Administration First Lady Thelma Nixon Vice President Gerald Ford (1973–1974) Spiro T. Agnew (1969–1973) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (1973–1974) William P. Rogers (1969–1973) Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger (1973–1974) Elliot L. Richardson (1973) Melvin R. Laird (1969–1973) Secretary of the Interior Rogers C. B. Morton (1971–1974) Walter J. Hickel (1969–1970) Attorney General William B. Saxbe (1974) Elliot L. Richardson (1973) Richard G. Kleindienst (1972–1973) John N. Mitchell (1969–1972) Postmaster General Winton M. Blount (1969–1971) Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon (1974) George P. Shultz (1972–1974) John B. Connally (1971–1972) David M. Kennedy (1969–1971) Secretary of Labor Peter J. Brennan (1973–1974) James D. Hodgson (1970–1973) George P. Shultz (1969–1970) Secretary of Commerce Frederick B. Dent (1973–1974) Peter G. Peterson (1972–1973) Maurice H. Stans (1969–1972) Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz (1971–1974) Clifford M. Hardin (1969–1971) Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Caspar Weinberger (1973–1974) Elliot L. Richardson (1970–1973) Robert Finch (1969–1970) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development James T. Lynn (1973–1974) George W. Romney (1969–1973) Secretary of Transportion Claude S. Brinegar (1973–1974) John A. Volpe (1969–1973) Richard Nixon Presidential Recordings Tape 795, Conversation 18 (795_17) Nixon Conversation 003-057 Nixon Conversation 025-037 Nixon Conversation 014-087 Tape 218, Conversation 4 (218_004) view all recordings » Facts about Richard Nixon Term: 37th President of the United States (1969 – 1974) Born: January 9, 1913, Yorba Linda, California Political Party: Republican Died: April 22, 1994 Nickname: None Education: Whittier College (1934); Duke University Law School (1937) Religion: Society of Friends (Quaker) Marriage: June 21, 1940, to Thelma “Patricia” Catherine Ryan (1912–1993) Children: Patricia (1946– ); Julie (1948– ) Career: Lawyer, Public Official Buried: Yorba Linda, California WritingsSix Crises (1962); RN (1978); The Real War (1980); Leaders (1982); Real Peace (1983); No More Vietnams (1985); 1999:Victory without War (1988); In the Arena (1990); Seize the Moment (1992); Beyond Peace (1994) Richard Nixon Image Gallery More images » Richard Nixon Exhibits ‘Nixon and Haldeman on John Kerry’ In this conversation, Bob Haldeman updates the President on recent press coverage of pro-administration veterans countering the anti-Vietnam War protests of John F. Kerry. ‘A Global Enemies List’ On October 25, 1971, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution introduced by the Albanian and Cuban delegations to admit mainland China to the United Nations and to expel Taiwan (Nationalist China). It was a major defeat for the Nixon administration's foreign policy. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations George H.W. Bush publicly blasted the vote as a "moment of infamy." Newspapers reported that Bush was "visibly shaken." Vice President Spiro Agnew charged that the United Nations had become a "paper tiger." It stung all the more because the Nixon administration was caught by surprise. Bush had gone into the UN debate confident that he had the numbers to defeat the measure, having been assured by a number of African nations that they would vote with the United States. At the last minute, however, a number of those delegations switched their vote in favor of the Albanian resolution or abstained. In succeeding days, US officials identified a list of seven nations that they believed had betrayed them by renegging on commitments they had given: Belgium, Cyprus, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, and Trinidad and Tobago. A frequent source of frustration for the United States and other large nations has been that in the UN General Assembly each member nation, regardless of size or power, has one vote. The intentional effect of that is to give a voice to smaller nations, such as Botswana, and new nations, such as Qatar, which had achieved independence only a month before this conversation took place (September 3, 1971). At the time of the vote, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger was about to return from Beijing where he was laying the groundwork for Nixon's own visit. He was informed of the result enroute to Washington. ‘Nixon and the Amchitka Nuclear Test, November 1971’ On November 6, 1971, the United States conducted a controversial high-yield nuclear weapons test beneath Amchitka Island, Alaska. Earlier that day the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 4–3 vote, had declined to issue an injunction to halt the test. ‘Let the Democrats squeal’ more exhibits » Featured video: Address to the Nation Announcing Decision To Resign the Office of President (August 08, 1974) Presidential Speech Archive Citation Information Consulting Editor Ken Hughes Mr. Hughes coordinates the team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes, as part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Gerald Ford » « Lyndon B. Johnson American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!