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Richard Milhous Nixon was the thirty-seventh president of the United States and the only president to have resigned from office He was on his was to success after receiving his law degree from Duke University Law School in 1937 California Republicans persuaded Nixon in 1946 to be their candidate to challenge Jerry Voorhis the popular Democratic Congressman for his seat in the United States House of Representatives He accuses Voorhis of being soft on Communism This was damaging to him because the Cold War rivalry between the United States and USSR was just beginning Voorhis was forced into a defensive position after the two men confronted each other in a series of debates Nixons campaign was an example of the vigorous and aggressive style characteristic of his political career that led him to win the election Nixon gained valuable experience in international affairs as a new member of the United States Congress He helped establish a program known as the Marshall Plan in which the US assisted Europe rebuild itself following the war He also served on the House Education and Labor Committee to develop the National Labor Relations Act In 1948 writer and editor Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss a high State Department official of being a Communist Nixon a member of the Un-American Activities Committee personally pressed the investigation Hiss denied further charges that he had turned classified documents over to Chambers to be sent to the USSR Alger Hiss was later convicted and indicted for perjury after sufficient evidence was discovered Nixon was reelected to Congress after winning both the Republican and Democratic nominations as a result of gaining a national reputation as a dedicated enemy of Communism In 1950 Nixon was chosen as candidate for the US Senate from California by the Republicans Again he won this election by linking his opponent to being pro-CommunistNixon was selected to be the running mate of the Republican
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