Richard Nixon's Presidency

Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California, on January 9, 1913. His parents
were poor, and his early life was one of hard work and study. He was a
gifted student, finishing second in his class at Whittier College (1934) in
Whittier, California, and third in his class at Duke University Law School
(1937). Unable to find a position with a Wall Street (New York City) law
firm after his graduation, Nixon returned to Whittier to practice. There he
met Thelma Catherine (Pat) Ryan (1912-93), whom he married in 1940. Nixon
enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as a supply officer in the
South Pacific during World War II. He left the service as a lieutenant

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Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900-80), whom he
labeled th e for what he alleged to be her pro-Communist sympathies. He won
the election, but his campaign tactics were widely criticized.


In 1952 the Republicans nominated Nixon to be the running mate of
presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower. When it was disclosed that as
a senator Nixon had accepted an $18,000 fund fo r from California
businessmen, he was nearly dropped from the Republican ticket. Nixon's
televised self-defense, called th e speech because of a sentimental
reference to his dog Checkers, saved his political life. As vice-president,
Nixon emerged as a vigorous Republican spokesman during the Eisenhower
years, campaigning in a cut-and-thrust style that contrasted with
Eisenhower's nonpartisan aloofness. In nonelection years, Nixon toured the
country trying to bolster Republican party finances and spirit. He also
developed foreign affairs credentials by visiting numerous other countries,
including ...

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At the pinnacle in 1969, President Nixon organized the White House to
protect his energy and time. He left routine matters and most
administrative affairs to such powerful aides as H. R. Haldeman (1926- ),
John Ehrlichman (1925- ) and Charles Colson (1931- ). This allowed him time
for what had become his absorbing interest: international affairs. With
Henry A. Kissinger as his most trusted foreign policy adviser, Nixon
redefined the American role in the world, suggesting limits to U.S.
resources and commitments . he declared in his inaugural address , He
ordered a gradual withdrawal of the 500,000 U.S. troops in South Vietnam.
The withdrawal took four years, ...

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