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Richard Nixon (1913 – 1994)

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

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
Writings

Six 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 Exhibits

‘Nixon and Billy Graham on Vietnam’

During the course of this three minute phone call at 9:52 PM, the Rev. Billy Graham congratulates President Nixon on his speech to the nation and alerts the President to an upcoming op-ed of his own to appear in the New York Times. Graham lays the blame for Vietnam at the feet of President John F. Kennedy and Kennedy's decision to support the November 1963 coup against South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

‘Beating McGovern’

On November 7, 1972, Richard M. Nixon won reelection in the biggest Republican presidential landslide of the Cold War, getting 60.7 percent of the vote compared to Democrat George McGovern's 37.5 percent. He won the electoral votes of every state except Massachusetts.

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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.

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