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Richard Milhous Nixon

Biography

Born in Yorba Linda, California. Graduate from Whittier College in 1934. Received LL.B. from Duke University Law School in 1934. Married Thelma "Pat" Ryan in 1940. They had two daughters, Patricia and Julie. Julie married Dwight David Eisenhower II. Admitted to the bar and practiced law in Whittier, California.

Nixon was commissioned a lieutenant junior grade in the U. S. Navy Reserve August 17, 1942. He received two commendations and two engagement stars during World War II. Elected to the U. S. House of Representatives and served January 3, 1947, to November 30, 1950. Appointed and reelected to the Senate and served December 1, 1950, to January 1, 1953.

Nixon was nominated for Vice President under Eisenhower in 1952. He served as Vice President January 20, 1953, to January 20, 1961. In the 1960 election for President he was defeated by John F. Kennedy.

In 1968 he was again candidate for President. He won the election and was inaugurated 37th President January 20, 1969. He resigned the presidency August 9, 1974. He was the first and so far only president to resign.

Nixon appears on a Presidential Medal (USM 138) with dies by Frank Gasparro. Another medal was struck for Nixon's second term. The design was also by Gasparro.

Nixon appears on the Assay Commission medal for 1969 (AC-113). The obverse was reduced from the regular Nixon medal. Nixon suffered a stroke and died four days later in a hospital in New York City.

bio: BDC; BDEB; ConAut 73; EAB; Failor; IntWW 92-93; WAB; WW 93; WWA 94

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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