Richard Nixons Background( education, experience, qualities) and 3 important events terms in office and explain your rationale for the ranking??
- gatitaLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Richard Milhous Nixon
37th President of the United States
(January 20, 1969 to August 9, 1974)
Nickname: None listed.
(Derogatory nicknames for presidents are not listed.)
Born: January 9, 1913, in Yorba Linda, California
Died: April 22, 1994, in New York, New York
Father: Francis Anthony Nixon
Mother: Hannah Milhous Nixon
Married: Thelma "Patricia" Catherine Ryan (1912-1993), on June 21, 1940
Children: Patricia Nixon (1946- ); Julie Nixon (1948- )
Religion: Society of Friends (Quaker)
Education: Graduated from Whittier College (1934) and Duke University Law School (1937)
Occupation: Lawyer, public official
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
* Attorney for U.S. Office of Emergency Management, 1942
* Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1947-51
* United States Senator, 1951-53
* Vice President, 1953-61 (under tiny U.S. flag Eisenhower)
Some of his most acclaimed achievements came in his quest for world stability. During visits in 1972 to Beijing and Moscow, he reduced tensions with China and the U.S.S.R. His summit meetings with Russian leader Leonid I. Brezhnev produced a treaty to limit strategic nuclear weapons. In January 1973, he announced an accord with North Viet Nam to end American involvement in Indochina. In 1974, his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, negotiated disengagement agreements between Israel and its opponents, Egypt and Syria.
In his 1972 bid for office, Nixon defeated Democratic candidate George McGovern by one of the widest margins on record.
Within a few months, his administration was embattled over the so-called "Watergate" scandal, stemming from a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee during the 1972 campaign. The break-in was traced to officials of the Committee to Re-elect the President. A number of administration officials resigned; some were later convicted of offenses connected with efforts to cover up the affair. Nixon denied any personal involvement, but the courts forced him to yield tape recordings which indicated that he had, in fact, tried to divert the investigation.
As a result of unrelated scandals in Maryland, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned in 1973. Nixon nominated, and Congress approved, House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford as Vice President.
Faced with what seemed almost certain impeachment, Nixon announced on August 8, 1974, that he would resign the next day to begin "that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America."
In his last years, Nixon gained praise as an elder statesman. By the time of his death on April 22, 1994, he had written numerous books on his experiences in public life and on foreign policy.
gatita_63109Source(s): www.whitehouse.gov www.ipl.org/div/potus/rmnixon
- 5 years ago
Richard Nixon signed trade agreements with China and the Soviet Union.
Nixon was responsible for signing the cease fire agreement with North Vietnam.
Nixon launched the War on Cancer in 1971, a $100-million project creating the National Cancer Centers.
He established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970.
Richard Nixon was a prolific writer. During his career, he published 10 books.
Richard Nixon also increased the number of female appointments in his administration.
One of Nixon’s favorite pastimes in the White House was bowling.
During his time in office, NASA landed on the moon.
Richard Nixon was a composed man and was good at challenging the opposition, this earned him the nickname ‘Tricky Dicky’.
Nixon made Elvis Presley a federal drug agent.
The sudden resignation of Richard Nixon was due to his involvement in the Watergate break-in and cover-up scandal.
Richard Nixon died when he was 81 years of age.
At least five towns in America are named Nixon.
- ClaireLv 44 years ago
Had an awfully cute dog named Checkers. ... ... OK OK. Seriously? Increased trade w/ Russia and detente (hastening the end of the Cold War); de-escalated Vietnam in general terms (although specifically bombed all over the map), tried to advance nuclear peace, created EPA and OSHA, created the parks department, created affirmative action, greater school integration, moonwalk. On the other hand, he supported Pinochet, Operation CONDOR/Dirty War as a whole, bombing Cambodia, forced Taiwan into closer relations with China, escalated the Indian-Pakistani conflicts, and totally dropped the ball on Kent State. Speaking as a liberal, I think Nixon's _intentions_ were good--I believe his heart was in the right place. But I think he wasn't cut out for politics, was too easily charmed by dangerous people in various parts of the world, and I think Watergate was basically inevitable given his personality.
- redunicornLv 71 decade ago
Richard Nixon was a horrible president. He lied to the American people. He covered up crimes that he authorized.
Worst president EVER!
"Nixon returned to Whittier after graduating 3rd in his class at Duke and still not finding an opening in New York to practice law. During this period Nixon became deeply involved in Whittier College operations and perfected his modus operandi, Dirty Tricks, as he won election as a U. S. representative and then senator by unfairly smearing his opponents. “Of course I knew Jerry Voorhis wasn’t a Communist,” Nixon admitted. “But…I had to win… The important thing is to win.” This self-destructive drive to throw away one’s chance for glory by cheating seems to have seeped into as it now oozes out of Whittier’s pores."Source(s): http://whittiergate.com/p12nixon.htm