The Presidents of the USA

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Richard Nixon
1969-1974


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Richard Milhous Nixon
 

birthplace

Yorba Linda, CA

birthday

January 9

Life

1913-1994

age

OFC:56 , d. 81

party

Republican

presidency highlights

Nixon to China — Man on the moon — Watergate

nickname:

Tricky Dick, Trickster

vice-president:

Spiro Agnew (1969-1973), Gerald R. Ford (1973-1974)
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previous office

36th Vice President of USA

key background fact:

Vice President (1953-1961)

occupation

Lawyer, Public Official

military service

Commander - U.S. Navy (Naval Reserve) - WW II (Silver Star medal)

children

2:     2 girls

wife:

Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan (1940)

height

5' 11'' / 1.80 m

higher education

Whittier College, Duke Law

religion

Society of Friends (Quaker)

 

quote

"People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook."

actions & events

  • 1969 Moon landing
  • 1970 Environment Act
  • 1973 Spiro Agnew resigned
  • 1973 Watergate scandal
  • 1974 Resigned

economy

  • 1973 OPEC embargo & Oil crisis

foreign affairs

  • 1971 Nixon visits China; "Ping Pong diplomacy."
  •  Initiated "détente "; Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Soviet Union
  • 1973 Military coup in Chile

military activity

  • 1970 Expansion of war to Cambodia and Laos
  • 1973 Cease fire in the Vietnam War.
  • 1973 Conscription ends; U.S. military all-volunteer

unique facts

  • First to visit all 50 states
  • First to visit China, Moscow
  • Most "Time" covers: 56
  • The only president who resigned from office.

interesting

Became famous during the Alger Hiss investigation. Saved his career with his "Checkers speech" on TV.
He was above average in golf and bowling and very good in poker.

military activity

  • 1970 Expansion of war to Cambodia and Laos
  • 1973 Cease fire in the Vietnam War.
  • 1973 Conscription ends; U.S. military all-volunteer

Legacy

Although he ended U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and won diplomatic agreements with the Soviet Union and China, he is remembered for Watergate and as the only president who resigned from office.

Man on the moon

Man on the moon