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Richard Milhous Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon 37th president of the United States 1969-1972 was born on January 9 1913 in Yorba Linda California Nixon was one of the most controversial politicians of the twentieth century He built his political career on the communist scare of the late forties and early fifties but as president he achieved dtente with the Soviet Union and opened relations with the Peoples Republic of China His administration occurred during the domestic upheavals brought on by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War He was re-elected in 1972 by an overwhelming margin but less than two years later he was forced to become the first man to resign the presidency amid the scandal and shame of Watergate He staged a difficult political comeback in 1968 after purportedly retiring from politics and by the end of his life he had shed some of the scourge of Watergate and was once again a respected elder statesman largely because of his record on foreign policy He died on February 22 1994 His writings include three autobiographical works Six Crises 1962 RN the Memoirs of Richard Nixon 1978 and In the Arena 1990 Early Political Career Nixon came from a southern-California Quaker family where hard work and integrity were deeply-rooted and heavily emphasized Always a good student he was invited by Harvard and Yale to apply for scholarships but his older brothers illness and the Depression made his presence close to home necessary and he was attended nearby Whittier College where he graduated second in his class in 1934 He went on to law school at Duke University where his seriousness and determination won him the nickname Gloomy Gus He graduated third in his class and applied for jobs with both large Northeastern law firms and the FBI His applications were all rejected however and he was forced to go home to southern California where his mother helped get him a job at
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