Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon was the thirty-seventh President of the United States of America. He was elected to two terms of office, however he made the record books when he resigned during his second term. He was President from January 20, 1969 until August 9, 1974. Before becoming President he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from California, in the United States Senate, and Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Richard Nixon was born in California. He had four brothers. His parents were deeply religious Quakers. He began working when he was young, because the family struggled to get by financially. His grades were so good he would not have had to pay tuition to attend Harvard University, however he needed to stay home to work at his father’s grocery store to help his family. He attended Whittier College instead. He graduated in 1934 and got a full scholarship to attend Duke University School of Law. He graduated Duke in 1937. He was admitted to the California bar and began working at a law firm. He met, courted, and then married Pat Ryan in 1940. They had two daughters.
In 1942 the family moved to Washington, D.C. As a Quaker, he was exempted from World War II’s draft, but he joined the United States Navy anyway later in 1942. He completed Officers Candidate School and later earned citation of commendation and two service stars. He left the Navy in 1946 and began his political career.
While President he made multiple trips abroad and his foreign policy was good. He was President for the end of American involvement in the Vietnam War. He worked for “New Federalism” to give more power to state and local officials. He formed the Environmental Protection Agency and did other things for the conservation movement. Integration of public schools continued and he endorsed the Equal Rights Amendment.
The Watergate scandal led to Richard Nixon’s resignation. It involved multiple members of Nixon’s administration bugging offices and harassing Democrats. Nixon downplayed what was happening, but had secret tapes of private conversations. The scandals grew to include more that Nixon had done. He faced impeachment, but chose to resign. Gerald Ford and his administration pardoned Nixon for any wrongdoing. Richard Nixon spent years writing and trying to improve his reputation. He published ten books during hid retirement. He became an elder statesman meeting with politicians and going on speaking engagements. He died in 1994 when he was 81 years old.
Richard Nixon was a private man who did not speak to others, even his best friend. Perhaps, the tapes were partly his way of hearing things he wouldn’t learn from conversation. It was wrong and he admitted some wrongdoing. He moved on from his mistakes, just as we all have to do sometimes. Be inspired to make the best of what you can. Have a bright day!