I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may help prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States. He served from January 20, 1969 until August 9, 1974. He was, also, a lawyer, a politician, and an author. Tricky Dick was a nickname used by his opponents in political campaigns.
Richard Milhous Nixon was born in 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. Richard had four brothers and was raised a Quaker. He graduated third in his class from Whittier High School. He then graduated Whittier College in 1934 went on to attend Duke University School of Law. He again graduated third in his class in 1937. He was admitted to the California bar in 1937 as well.
Nixon married Thelma “Pat” Ryan in 1940. The couple lived in Whittier until they moved to Washington, D.C. in 1942. They had two daughters.
Nixon began serving in the United States Navy Reserve in 1942. He served during World War II and earned two Navy and Marine Commendation Medals. He went into inactive duty in 1946 and continued until 1966.
In 1947, he began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1950, he became a United States Senator. In 1953, he served as the Vice President under President Eisenhower. After the Vice Presidency and failing to win the Presidency, the Nixons returned to California. He practiced law again and wrote a best selling book, Six Crises. He, also, traveled, met with foreign leaders, and was politically active.
After becoming President in 1969, President Nixon ended U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He, also, enforced desegregation in Southern schools, established the Environmental Protection Agency, and presided over the Apollo 11 moon landing. The Watergate scandal led to President Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
President Gerald Ford pardoned President Nixon after he succeeded him. Nixon wrote multiple books and took many trips meeting with foreign leaders once again. His wife Pat died in 1993. Richard Nixon then died in 1994 in Manhattan, New York. Today, Nixon’s reputation is much improved after the Watergate Scandal. He is remembered historically as a good President and an intelligent person.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!