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Richard Milhous Nixon, (1913-1994), nik's[sch ]n, 37th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Nixon is remembered for his achievements in foreign policy and for the WATERGATE affair and related scandals, in which he became so involved that he was forced to resign his office.

Nixon was a skilled negotiator with a broad understanding of world affairs. He and his adviser Henry Kissinger ended direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. They improved relations with China and the Soviet Union. They helped end a war between Israel and its Arab neighbors and worked toward a lasting peace in the Middle East. But the restrictive oil policies of Middle Eastern countries further weakened an American economy that slipped into a recession during Nixon's
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Early Life

Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, Orange county, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1913, the second of five sons of Francis A. and Hannah Milhous Nixon. When he was nine, the family moved to Whittier, Calif., where his father operated a gasoline station and country store. There he attended the Friends Meeting with his mother, a devout member whose family had been Quakers for over 200 years. He attended the local public schools and at 17 entered Whittier College, a small Quaker institution. Success in student politics and victory in intercollegiate debates distinguished Nixon's college years.

Upon graduation in 1934, he won a scholarship to the Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C. Short of spending money, he worked part-time in a National Youth Administration job while concentrating on his studies. He ranked third in his graduating class (1937) of 25, was elected president of the Duke Bar Association, and earned admission to the Order of the Coif, the honorary legal fraternity.

At Duke, Nixon engaged in none of the political activities that had distinguished him at Whittier. He anticipated a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. Instead, he returned to Whittier to join the town's oldest law firm. When the firm opened a branch office in La Habra, an adjacent community of 4,000, Nixon's partners acted as the La Habra town government's legal advisers, and Nixon gained experience as a small-town police prosecutor. Concurrently, he

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