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Richard Nixon was known as the 37th president that resigned from office Im going to tell you the whole story Nixon was born in 1913 in Yorba Linda California the second of five sons of Francis Nixon and Hannah Nixon The Nixons were Scots-Irish and the Milhouses were of Irish and English descent were known as Quakers Richard Nixon attended public schools in Whittier California and went to Whittier College a Quaker institution where he majored in history He won a scholarship to Duke University Law School and received his law degree in 1937 Nixon joined an established law firm in Whittier and there met his future wife Thelma Ryan They married on June 21 1940 and had two daughters Patricia in 1946 and Julie in 1948In 1946 Nixon was persuaded by California Republicans to be their candidate to challenge the popular Democratic Congressman Jerry Voorhis for his seat in the United States House of Representatives Nixons campaign was an example of the vigorous and aggressive style characteristic of his political career He accused Voorhis of being soft on Communism The two men confronted each other in a series of debates and Voorhis was forced into a defensive position Nixon won the election by a vote of 65586 to 49994 As a new member of the Congress of the United States Nixon gained valuable experience in international affairs while serving on a special committee that helped establish the European Recovery Program Nixon also served on the House of Education and Labor Committee where he helped draft the Taft-Hartley Act on labor-management relations In 1948 he was reelected to Congress after winning both the Republican and Democratic nominationsIn 1950 the Republicans chose Nixon as their candidate for the US Senate from California His opponent was the liberal Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas In another bitterly fought campaign Nixon linked her voting record with American-Labor-Party congressman Vito Marcantonio who was widely regarded as pro-Communist Nixon won the election
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