President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Lindon California in 1913. He was the second oldest in a family of five children, and two of his brothers died at a young age. He was raised in a poor family, but everyone was satisfied with their position and were dedicated to hard work.

He attended Whitler High School and suffered his first election defeat in his career. He was offered a grant to attend Harvard, but even with the extra money, it was still too expensive, so he completed an undergraduate degree at a local college. While there, he became known as a master debater and was a coach in all the nine sports his college held. The new Duke Law School offered him a scholarship to complete one of their courses, so he entered. He remained a top student in the course, so keeping his full scholarship, and got third in his class in 1937. In 1938, he met his wife Thelma Pat Ryan and got married two years later. They had two daughters together. He moved to Washington DC in 1942 to take a government job, but because he disliked it, he applied to the Navy in the same year and was accepted. He left the Navy in 1946, to receive a nomination to the California congressional seat in his home district. In this election, he employed a tactic of condemning his opponent for potential communist connections which became his trademark move.

The election was a personal success, and he first became a national figure as a lawyer. Whitaker chambers was a former soviet spy and accused some called Alger Hiss an important state department employee of communist connections. Alger Hiss denied this, but because of Nixon’s intense cross-examination eventually broke Alger’s defense and Alger was convicted of perjury. He then became popular and enjoyed great success throughout the 1950’s. He won a senate election in 1949 with his defaming tactics, and when Dwight Eisenhower sought an election in 1952, the republic convention chose to use Nixon as the running mate to gain west coast votes. He became Vice President after their victory in 1952, and the pair were re-elected in 1956. He was a very active Vice President, and he expanded the position’s responsibilities and supported the often ill Eisenhower. He was seen as the frontrunner for the nomination in the 1960 election, and he got it but lost it to the Democrat JFK and two years later suffered a defeat in the election for California, which led him to leave politics for the next few years.

In 1968 he defeated the Democrat candidate Hubert Humphrey, by trying to imply smear tactics, using violent riots and hippie culture against Humphrey. He used television ads very effectively and campaigned for peace in Vietnam. He was known primarily for his foreign policy decisions. He warmed relations with communist China and improved relations with the USSR by 1973. He also brought about the end of US involvement in the Vietnam war. In the process, he did authorize bombings of several communist strongholds in Laconia and Cambodia. These decisions resulted in inflation and budget deficient’s higher than any time since WW2. And in 1972, he organized a re-election campaign that was given high chances at succeeding. But even so, he tried to resort to sabotage. He did win the election in 1973, but then accusations of sabotage began to surface. He stated that he was not a crook, but refused to cooperate with any investigations. Congress then accused him of Perjury and made him pull out the watergate papers which held all the papers. He then resigned as president, the only president ever to do so, and left Washington DC with his reputation in tatters.

President Richard Nixon died in 1994 at the age of 81 and was buried in his hometown. He was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford, but his legacy still is the watergate scandal. What we can learn from him is that we should never resort to accusing other people of things which we don’t know they have or have done.


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