Richard Nixon Biography

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Richard Nixon

The 37th President, Richard Nixon, was born on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. Best known, unfortunately, for the Watergate Scandal. Nixon attended Whittier College and then went on to attend Duke University School of Law. Before entering into any political role, Richard Nixon received a Navy commission and served in the Pacific in 1942. His first political role was a seat in the House of Representatives in 1946. After serving two terms, Nixon was elected to the U.S. Senate. His major political role was in 1952 when General Dwight Eisenhower selected Nixon to be his partner as vice president in the election in 1952; he served this role for eight years.

After eight years of being Vice President, Richard Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy in the presidential election in 1960, and he also lost the bid to run for governor of California in 1962.

Finally in 1968, Nixon was elected for President and won. When Nixon was in office, he accomplished many things, such as; more communication between the People's Republic of China, and the peaceful desegregation of public schools in the South. During the Vietnam War, Nixon became responsible for 540,000 Americans who were sent to Indochina. The bombing of the North Vietnamese won public support but received a lot of criticism for the "anti- war movement." The U.S. ended direct military involvement but the goal in obtaining the freedom of those in South Vietnam would have been achieved if the United States would have kept its promises after the Pact of Paris was signed.

In 1972 Richard Nixon was charged with what is now known as the famous Watergate Scandal. The reason Nixon was being accused was because he failed to cooperate with the FBI's investigation of the Watergate break- in.