Richard Milhous Nixon : The President Of The United States

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Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States. He served from 1969 to 1974 becoming the only U.S. president to step down from office. Nixon was born on January 9,1913 in Yorba Linda, California. He graduated from Whittier High School second in his class and was offered a scholarship to attend Harvard. Due to the fact that his parents could not afford the travel fees and living expenses, he went to a more local college, Whittier College. Here he earned the reputation of a challenging debater, a standout in college drama productions, and a successful athlete. Having graduated from Whittier College in 1934, Nixon received a full scholarship to attend Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina. After graduation, Nixon returned to his hometown, Whittier, to practice law at Kroop & Bewley. He soon met Thelma Catherine Ryan, a teacher and amateur actress, after the two were cast in the same play at a local community theatre. The couple married in 1940 and went on to have two daughters, Tricia and Julie. In January 1942 Richard Nixon and his wife moved to Washington D.C. and he joined the U.S navy during World War II. Nixon ran for congress after the war and his opponent was Jerry Voorhis. Nixon was elected and was apart of the House of american activities committee. In 1950, Nixon ran for the U.S senate and won, two years later general Dwight Eisenhower chose Nixon as his vice presidential running mate, in 1952 they won the election and won again in
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