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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 9 January 1913Yorba Linda, California, USA
Date of Death 22 April 1994Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (severe stroke)
Birth NameRichard Milhous Nixon
Nicknames Tricky Dick
Red Hunter
Slick Rick
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Nixon was born on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California, USA as Richard Milhous Nixon. He was an actor and writer, known for David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon (1977), The Real Richard Nixon (1995) and Checkers Speech (1952). He was married to Pat Nixon. He died on April 22, 1994 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

Pat Nixon (21 June 1940 - 22 June 1993) (her death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His rich gravelly thick voice.
His nose

Trivia (66)

Last NY Journal American Tournament of Orators held at the old Carnegie Hall in 1956 was attended by the Vice President
Was U.S. Vice President from 1953-1961.
Was the second Quaker (that is, Society of Friends) who served as President of the United States, the first being President Herbert Hoover (1929-1933). His mother was descended from a long line of Quakers, the Milhouses.
(January 20, 1969 - August 9, 1974) 37th President of the United States of America.
Only U.S. president to resign from office.
Was in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the day that John F. Kennedy was shot.
Two daughters, Tricia Nixon and Julie Nixon. Julie married David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, under whom Nixon served as Vice-President.
Served in the Navy during WWII.
In his 1972 bid for office, Nixon defeated Democratic candidate George McGovern by one of the widest margins on record.
Graduated from Whittier College and Duke University Law School.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was going to drop him as Vice President from his second Presidential ticket in favor of Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce, but then thought it might be reflected back as weakness on him and kept Nixon.
Dedicated his Presidential Libary, located in Yorba Linda, California, on July 9, 1990 - with President George Bush and former Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan in attendance.
Graduated from Fullerton High School.
Held a law office in La Habra, California (near his birth city), in his early days before congress. The building was a landmark at one time.
Hours before his sudden stroke (which caused his death), Nixon sent a letter of best wishes along with a book to a friend of someone who had suffered a stroke. The letter explained his heartfelt concern, and he hoped that the book, which discusses the stroke that Pat Nixon suffered in the 1970s, would be of some aid. A copy of the letter he wrote is on display at his "study exhibit" at the Nixon Library.
Was an adviser to President Bill Clinton, early in Clinton's term, on the views of Russia. He was also received as a guest in the Clinton White House. This marked the first time that any post-Watergate President had allowed the disgraced former Commander-In-Chief to visit the White House, as well as serve as an advisor.
Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon are buried alongside one another between the Rose Garden and his birth home at the Nixon Libary. Funerals for both were held on the Library grounds.
The Nixon gravemarkers, which were made of a heavy, dark marble, are said to be a gift from a local gravestone vendor, who personally delivered them to the Nixon Library in his pick-up truck.
Senator Bob Dole, along with Rev. Billy Graham and President Bill Clinton, eulogized Nixon at his funeral in April of 1994.
Died on V.I. Lenin's birthday.
Pictured on a 32¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued 26 April 1995, 1 year and 4 days following his death.
As Vice-President, he once toured a model home with former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and got into a heated argument with the premier over U.S.-Soviet relations. At one point, Nixon pointed a finger in Khruschev's face and said, 'You don't know everything!'.
Ran for governor of California in 1962 and lost to Edmund G. Brown("Pat"). It was after this political defeat that he uttered his famous quote, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore....." Interestingly enough, six years later, he was elected President of the United States.
During his campaign for President in 1960, he and John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, engaged in the first-ever televised Presidential debates. Kennedy, with his youthful enthusiasm and good looks, appeared more comfortable, while Nixon, who was definitely the more qualified of the two, looked stiff and nervous. Experts say this was the key factor that got Kennedy elected.
First rose to political prominence as a U.S. Representative in 1948 when he was instrumental in bringing charges against Alger Hiss, an alleged Communist spy,.
In 1973, his likeness appeared on a 4 cent postage label issued by the (now defunct) Independent Postal System of America.
Before its premiere, he was given a private screening of 1776 (1972). He objected to the musical number "Cool Considerate Men," so the number was cut from the theatrical release. The song was restored on the laserdisc version as well as the Director's Cut DVD.
Has a park named after him in central Pennsylvania.
When he was three years old, he fell out of a horse-drawn carriage in which he was riding with his mother and brother, and one of the wheels ran over his head. Despite a deep wound, he got up and ran after the buggy as his mother urged it to stop. The accident left him with a visible scar, which is why for the rest of his life he combed his hair straight back rather than parting it on the side.
The last former American president to die in the 20th century.
Stevie Wonder wrote two songs criticizing him - "He's Misstra Know-It-All" and "You Haven't Done Nothin'".
His favorite movie was Patton (1970).
Lived out his years in his Manhattan triplex at 810 Fifth Avenue, a building that had belonged to erstwhile political rival Nelson Rockefeller
Ordered Rolling Stone journalist Hunter S. Thompson banned from the White House.
Was the first American politician to receive a review in Variety following his Checkers speech.
Served as Vice-President under Dwight D. Eisenhower,.
The nickname of the Nixon Library is "Crook Hall".
He had an infamous "List of Enemies" during the 1972 presidential election which included Paul Newman, Hugh M. Hefner, Gene Hackman, Burt Lancaster and even the somewhat conservative Steve McQueen as well as New York Jets quarterback, Joe Namath. He also had a list of seven "friends" including Billy Graham, Bob Hope, John Wayne, and Laraine Day. The list was compiled so entertainers who were unfriendly towards Nixon would not be invited to any special events at the White House.
After Watergate, bumper stickers were produced with the slogan, "Don't blame me. I'm from Massachusetts." It is a reference to the only state that his opponent George McGovern carried in the 1972 election.
Is one of only two men to appear on a major party's presidential ticket five times: the other is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who after an unsuccessful campaign as the Democratic nominee for vice president in 1920, won four successive presidential campaigns in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. Republican stalwart Nixon won the vice presidency twice as Dwight D. Eisenhower's running-mate in 1952 and 1956, but lost to John F. Kennedy in his first bid for the presidency in 1960. Nixon subsequently won two terms as president, in 1968 and 1972.
Once applied to be an FBI agent, but the quota for that year had been filled.
Was an avid baseball fan. So much so, that he was once considered for the job of Commissioner of Baseball.
In 1975, after receiving a $2 million advance for his memoirs, British TV personality David Frost, offered him between $600,000 and $1 million for a series of 4 interviews.
Was an excellent poker player.
In 1952, Nixon appeared on his first of 55 TIME magazine covers, a record still unbroken by any other single person (2008).
The only U.S President to be born in California.
His predecessor, Lyndon Johnson, died two days after Nixon's second inauguration, leaving him the only living US president.
During his presidential tenure, the first White House worship to be conducted by a Jewish rabbi was celebrated (June 1969).
First US vice-president to appear on the postage stamp of a foreign country when in 1958 he featured on Ecuador's 2-sucre stamp with flags of the US and Ecuador.
Often played a grand piano to entertain his executive guests.
First US president whose portrayals in movies have resulted in more than one Oscar nomination -- Anthony Hopkins in Nixon (1995) and Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon (2008).
Related by blood to three other U.S Presidents: Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Pierce, and George W. Bush.
Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Drew up a play that he thought would help the Washington Redskins beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII in 1973. The plan backfired. The Redskins ended up losing 14-7, thus enabling the Dolphins to complete their perfect season in 1972 - to date, the only perfect (unbeaten and untied) season in NFL history.
While playing poker in the Navy, he once bluffed a lieutenant commander out of $1500 with only a pair of deuces.
Jack Kirby has said that he based much of the Superman villain ''Darkseid'' on Nixon.
Nixon's funeral was broadcast live by NBC.
Although he publicly supported President Eisenhower's handling of the Suez Crisis at the time, he later said he felt the United States had made a mistake in siding with the Soviet Union against the UK, France and Israel. Nixon felt he was able to draw on the mistakes of 1956 when he handled the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Nixon's funeral was attended by 5 US Presidents and their First Ladies: Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton), George Bush (& Barbara Bush), Ronald Reagan (& Nancy Reagan), Jimmy Carter (& Rosalynn Carter), Gerald Ford (& Betty Ford), (April 27, 1994).
In 1960, was the last Republican nominee for U.S. President to receive more than twenty percent of the black vote in the general election.
Nixon journeyed to the Soviet Union in 1986 and on his return sent President Reagan a lengthy memorandum containing foreign policy suggestions and his personal impressions of Mikhail Gorbachev. Following this trip, Nixon was ranked in a Gallup poll as one of the ten most admired men in the world.
Due to a pot on his lungs, he was forbidden from playing sports as a child.
He was raised in Whittier, California in Los Angeles county.
Nixon was offered a tuition grant to attend Harvard University, but his brother Harold's continued illness and the need for their mother to care for him meant Richard was needed at the store. He remained in his hometown and attended Whittier College, his expenses there covered by a bequest from his maternal grandfather.
Because of his resignation was not given a full state funeral.
Two California Mexican restaurants each claim to have been Nixon's favorite; El Adobe de Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano and Olamendi's in Dana Point, respectively.

Personal Quotes (32)

You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentleman, this is my last press conference.
I am not a crook!
Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top--or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things . . . Life is one crisis after another.
I gave 'em a sword. And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been in their position, I'd have done the same thing.
If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?
Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.
Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
[on why one of the Watergate tapes had 18 minutes erased] Oh that was just an accident that happened.
Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do.
We can't learn from one another, until we stop shouting at one another . . . until our words can be heard.
I had never been a quitter.
In war time, a president does have certain extraordinary powers which would make acts that would otherwise be unlawful, lawful if undertaken for the purpose of preserving the nation and the Constitution, which is essential for the rights we're all talking about.
Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal . . . If the president, for example, approves something because of the national security, or in this case because of a threat to internal peace and order of significant magnitude, then the president's decision in that instance is one that enables those who carry it out, to carry it out without violating a law. Otherwise they're in an impossible position.
[from the Watergate tapes] Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.
[caught on tape, advice to incoming FBI head, L. Patrick Gray] Never, never figure that anyone's your friend. Never, never, never. You've got to be a conspirator. You've got to be totally ruthless. You've got to appear to be a nice guy. But underneath you need to be steely tough. That, believe me, is the way to run the bureau.
[on President Eisenhower] He was a far more complex and devious man than most people realize, in the best sense of those words. Not shackled to a one-track mind, he always applied two, three or four lines of reasoning to a single problem... His thoughts far outraced his speech and this gave rise to his frequent'scrambled syntax'.
If it hadn't been for Edgar Hoover, I couldn't have carried out my responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief. Period. He is a pillar of strength in a city of weak men.
[on E. Howard Hunt and the CIA] I want the break-in. Hell, they do that. You're to break into the place, rifle the files and bring them in..Just go in and take it.
I think President Johnson dies of a broken heart, I really do. Here's Johnson, this big, strong, intelligent tough guy, practically getting so emotional that he'd almost cry because his critics didn't appreciate him. He, til the very last, thought that he might be able to win them. And the point is, rather than have them love him, he should have done what he could have done very well - have them respect him. And in the end he lost. He neither gained the love nor retained the respect.
[his final remarks to the White House staff upon resigning] Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.
[from a conference call to news organizations, September 8, 1974] I know many fair-minded people believe that my motivations and actions in the Watergate affair were intentionally self-serving and illegal. I now understand how my own mistakes and misjudgments have contributed to that belief and seem to support it. This burden is the heaviest one of all to bear. That the way I tried to deal with Watergate was the wrong way is a burden I shall bear for every day of the life that is left to me.
[some campaigning advice to Ronald Reagan] Let Carter come on uptight, nitpicking and mean. You should be a contrast, strong but not shrill; in command, poised, the big man versus the little man.
[more advice to Reagan] Shaking up a team at midterm is not a sign of weakness. Done the right way, it increases your status at home and abroad as a strong leader who will not tolerate ineffectiveness,let alone disloyalty or dishonesty. I speak from experience. Some charged me with being too tough on subordinates. In retrospect, had I been tough, I might have avoided some of the problems that plagued me at the last.
It is necessary to struggle, to be embattled, to be knocked down and to have to get up. Renewal, Americans are crazy for renewal.
The best politics is poetry, not prose. Jesse Jackson is a poet. Mario Cuomo is a poet, and Michael Dukakis is a word processor.
We simply cannot afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations, there to nurture it's fantasies, cherish it's hates and threaten it's neighbors. There is no place on this small planet for a billion of it's potentially most able people to live in angry isolation.
It's our prosperity we have to protect, not labour.
[on Presidential appointments] Perle Mesta wasn't sent to Luxembourg because she had big bosoms. Perle Mesta went to Luxembourg because she made a good contribution. She was a very good ambassador.
[from his interview with David Frost] I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life.
[to reporters on the day after losing the California governorship race to Edmund Brown, 1962] Just think how much you're going to be missing. You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore.
[on violating citizen's rights] When the President does it, that means it is not illegal.
[in a televised address to the nation, November 17, 1973] In all my years of public service I have never obstructed justice. People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.

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