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The Reign of Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9th 1913 in Yorba Linda California He was born into a large and predominantly poor family who lived on the edge of poverty Dick had four brothers in which he loved very much Tragedy struck at an early age for Dick when younger brother Arthur died of unpublished causes Lindop 10 From then on Nixon prided on making a success out of himself to try to make up for the loss of his brother Frank Nixon the father of Dick dropped out of school in sixth grade because he was poverty stricken and he needed to support himself Lindop 11 Dick knew that to make a success out of himself it would take a lot of hard work so he took his fathers advice on going to school In his junior year at high school Dick decided that he wanted to study law and become a politician After high school he went on to attend Whittier College which was nearby his high school Dick earned outstanding grades in college earning the number two ra nking in his class Lindop 12 After Whittier he went on to attend Duke University Law School where he received scholarships that paid his full tuition He graduated Duke in 1937 earning the third ranking of his class of twenty-five Lindop 12 He was elected president of the Duke Bar Association earning admission to the Order of the Coif an honorary legal fraternity Robinson 2000 Shortly after returning home Dick passed the California bar examination and became a lawyer Early Political Life After school and joining the war Nixon decided to give politics a shot as a Republican In 1946 Nixon got his feet wet in the political arena when he won the Republican nomination in his Whittier district gaining a seat in the House of Representatives Lindop 14 Nixons opponent in the race was Democratic Jerry Voorhis
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