1. Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 to 1974. Previously he served as the 36th Vice President of the United States. During his time as Vice President, Nixon contributed towards helping Eisenhower sign the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He also served as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.
2. He was born on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. His parents were Frank Nixon and Hannah Milhouse Nixon. Nixon joined the United States Navy in 1942. During World War II he was situated in the South Pacific as a lieutenant commander and didn’t see any combat.
3. In 1946, Nixon was elected into the United States House of Representatives. He managed to defeat Jerry Voorhis who was a five-term liberal Democratic Congressman.
4. In 1948, Nixon was a member of the House of Un-American Activities Committee and was one of the lead figures to have a soviet spy named Alger Hiss arrested and sentenced for perjury.
5. Nixon attempted to become President in 1960 but lost to John. F. Kennedy. At the end of his Vice Presidency he moved to California and wrote a bestselling book called Six Crises. It covered such topics as the Fund Crisis and Eisenhower’s heart attack.
6. Several weeks before the 1968 elections Richard Nixon appeared on a comedy television program called ‘Laugh In’ and had a cameo appearance. He later claimed that the appearance on the show helped him to get elected.
7. Richard Nixon was the only President to resign from his role due to Watergate scandal. After his presidency he campaigned in his final years to give American support to Russia. He died on April 22, 1994, at the age of 81, in New York City.