81 Facts About President Richard Nixon

1. President Richard Nixon could not open himself to other men and he could not open himself to greatness.

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2. President Richard Nixon thought that was what had brought him to the edge of greatness.

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3. President Richard Nixon had a complex personality, both very secretive and awkward, yet strikingly reflective about himself.

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4. President Richard Nixon was survived by his two daughters, Tricia and Julie, and four grandchildren.

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5. President Richard Nixon was taken to New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, initially alert but unable to speak or to move his right arm or leg.

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6. In 1986, President Richard Nixon addressed a convention of newspaper publishers, impressing his audience with his tour d'horizon of the world.

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7. President Richard Nixon joined former Presidents Ford and Carter as representatives of the United States at the funeral of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

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8. President Richard Nixon wrote guest articles for many publications both during the campaign and after Reagan's victory.

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9. President Richard Nixon had a private meeting with Deng and visited Beijing again in mid-1979.

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10. President Richard Nixon visited the White House in 1979, invited by Carter for the state dinner for Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping.

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11. In 1978, President Richard Nixon published his memoirs, RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, the first of ten books he was to author in his retirement.

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12. President Richard Nixon was shunned by American diplomats and by most ministers of the James Callaghan government.

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13. In 1976, President Richard Nixon was disbarred by the New York State Bar Association for obstruction of justice in the Watergate affair.

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14. President Richard Nixon had wanted to return to China, but chose to wait until after Ford's own visit in 1975.

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15. In February 1976, President Richard Nixon visited China at the personal invitation of Mao.

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16. In December 1974, President Richard Nixon began planning his comeback despite the considerable ill-will against him in the country.

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17. President Richard Nixon was under subpoena for the trial of three of his former aides—Dean, Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman—and The Washington Post, disbelieving his illness, printed a cartoon showing Nixon with a cast on the "wrong foot".

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18. President Richard Nixon left while devoting half his address to a recitation of his accomplishments in office.

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19. President Richard Nixon went on to review the accomplishments of his presidency, especially in foreign policy.

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20. In November, President Richard Nixon's lawyers revealed that a tape of conversations held in the White House on June 20, 1972 had an 18½-minute gap.

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21. President Richard Nixon was ahead in most polls for the entire election cycle, and was reelected on November 7, 1972 in one of the largest landslide election victories in American history.

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22. President Richard Nixon dismissed the Democratic platform as cowardly and divisive.

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23. President Richard Nixon entered his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot on January 5, 1972, effectively announcing his candidacy for reelection.

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24. President Richard Nixon nominated two Southern conservatives, Clement Haynsworth and G Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court, but neither was confirmed by the Senate.

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25. President Richard Nixon believed his rise to power had peaked at a moment of political realignment.

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26. President Richard Nixon canceled the Air Force Manned Orbital Laboratory program in 1969, because unmanned spy satellites were a more cost-effective way to achieve the same reconnaissance objective.

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27. President Richard Nixon was unwilling to keep funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the high level seen during the 1960s as NASA prepared to send men to the Moon.

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28. President Richard Nixon called the conversation "the most historic phone call ever made from the White House".

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29. President Richard Nixon spoke with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their moonwalk.

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30. President Richard Nixon had campaigned as an ERA supporter in 1968, though feminists criticized him for doing little to help the ERA or their cause after his election.

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31. President Richard Nixon pushed for African American civil rights and economic equity through a concept known as black capitalism.

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32. President Richard Nixon endorsed the Equal Rights Amendment after it passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and went to the states for ratification.

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33. President Richard Nixon sought a middle way between the segregationist Wallace and liberal Democrats, whose support of integration was alienating some Southern whites.

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34. In 1974, President Richard Nixon proposed more comprehensive health insurance reform—a private health insurance employer mandate and replacement of Medicaid by state-run health insurance plans available to all, with income-based premiums and cost sharing.

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35. In 1971, President Richard Nixon proposed health insurance reform—a private health insurance employer mandate, federalization of Medicaid for poor families with dependent minor children, and support for health maintenance organizations.

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36. President Richard Nixon relied on his domestic advisor John Ehrlichman, who favored protection of natural resources, to keep him "out of trouble on environmental issues.

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37. President Richard Nixon broke new ground by discussing environmental policy in his State of the Union speech in 1970.

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38. President Richard Nixon advocated a "New Federalism", which would devolve power to state and local elected officials, though Congress was hostile to these ideas and enacted few of them.

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39. President Richard Nixon made one of his final international visits as president to the Middle East in June 1974, and became the first President to visit Israel.

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40. President Richard Nixon believed that Israel should make peace with its Arab neighbors and that the United States should encourage it.

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41. President Richard Nixon used the improving international environment to address the topic of nuclear peace.

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42. President Richard Nixon was persuaded by Kissinger that the Papers were more harmful than they appeared, and the President tried to prevent publication.

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43. President Richard Nixon approved a secret B-52 carpet bombing campaign of North Vietnamese positions in Cambodia in March 1969 (code-named Operation Menu), without the consent of Cambodian leader Norodom Sihanouk.

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44. President Richard Nixon sought some arrangement which would permit American forces to withdraw, while leaving South Vietnam secure against attack.

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45. President Richard Nixon laid the groundwork for his overture to China before he became president, writing in Foreign Affairs a year before his election: "There is no place on this small planet for a billion of its potentially most able people to live in angry isolation.

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46. On October 22, 1968, candidate President Richard Nixon received information that Johnson was preparing a so-called "October surprise" to elect Humphrey in the last days of the campaign, and his administration had abandoned three non-negotiable conditions for a bombing halt.

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47. President Richard Nixon stressed that the crime rate was too high, and attacked what he perceived as a surrender by the Democrats of the United States' nuclear superiority.

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48. President Richard Nixon waged a prominent television advertising campaign, meeting with supporters in front of cameras.

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49. President Richard Nixon selected Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew as his running mate, a choice which Nixon believed would unite the party, appealing to both Northern moderates and Southerners disaffected with the Democrats.

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50. President Richard Nixon believed that with the Democrats torn over the issue of the Vietnam War, a Republican had a good chance of winning, although he expected the election to be as close as in 1960.

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51. President Richard Nixon was one of the few leading Republicans not blamed for the disastrous results, and he sought to build on that in the 1966 Congressional elections.

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52. President Richard Nixon lost the election narrowly, with Kennedy ahead by only 112,827 votes in the popular vote.

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53. President Richard Nixon campaigned on his experience, but Kennedy called for new blood and claimed the Eisenhower–Nixon administration had allowed the Soviet Union to overtake the US in ballistic missiles.

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54. In 1960, President Richard Nixon launched his first campaign for President of the United States.

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55. At his hotel, President Richard Nixon faced another mob, and one demonstrator spat on him.

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56. President Richard Nixon believed such an action would destroy his political career.

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57. President Richard Nixon's spirits buoyed, Nixon sought a second term, but some of Eisenhower's aides aimed to displace him.

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58. President Richard Nixon painted himself as a man of modest means and a patriot.

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59. President Richard Nixon voted against price controls and other monetary restrictions, benefits for illegal immigrants, and public power.

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60. President Richard Nixon supported statehood for Alaska and Hawaii, voted in favor of civil rights for minorities, and supported federal disaster relief for India and Yugoslavia.

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61. President Richard Nixon maintained friendly relations with his fellow anti-communist, the controversial Wisconsin senator, Joseph McCarthy, but was careful to keep some distance between himself and McCarthy's allegations.

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62. President Richard Nixon tried to focus attention on Douglas' liberal voting record.

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63. In 1949, President Richard Nixon began to consider running for the United States Senate against the Democratic incumbent, Sheridan Downey, and entered the race in November.

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64. In 1948, President Richard Nixon successfully cross-filed as a candidate in his district, winning both major party primaries, and was comfortably reelected.

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65. On February 18, 1947, President Richard Nixon referred to Eisler's belligerence toward HUAC in his maiden speech to the House.

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66. President Richard Nixon won the election, receiving 65,586 votes to Voorhis' 49,994.

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67. President Richard Nixon resigned his commission on New Year's Day 1946.

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68. President Richard Nixon described it in his memoirs as "a case of love at first sight"—for Nixon only, as Pat Ryan turned down the young lawyer several times before agreeing to date him.

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69. President Richard Nixon began practicing in Whittier with the law firm Wingert and Bewley, working on commercial litigation for local petroleum companies and other corporate matters, as well as on wills.

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70. President Richard Nixon responded by helping to found a new society, the Orthogonian Society.

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71. President Richard Nixon was snubbed by the only one for men, the Franklins; many members of the Franklins were from prominent families, but Nixon was not.

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72. President Richard Nixon was offered a tuition grant to attend Harvard University, but Harold's continued illness and the need for their mother to care for him meant Richard was needed at the store.

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73. President Richard Nixon's parents believed that attending Whittier High School had caused Richard's older brother Harold to live a dissolute lifestyle before he fell ill of tuberculosis, so they sent Richard to the larger Fullerton Union High School.

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74. President Richard Nixon was a descendant of the early American settler, Thomas Cornell, who was an ancestor of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University, as well as of Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates.

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75. President Richard Nixon was reelected in one of the largest electoral landslides in US history in 1972 when he defeated George McGovern.

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76. President Richard Nixon presided over the Apollo 11 moon landing, which signaled the end of the moon race.

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77. President Richard Nixon imposed wage and price controls for ninety days, enforced desegregation of Southern schools, established the Environmental Protection Agency and began the War on Cancer.

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78. President Richard Nixon ended American involvement in the war in Vietnam in 1973 and brought the American POWs home, and ended the military draft.

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79. President Richard Nixon waged an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1960, narrowly losing to John F Kennedy, and lost a race for Governor of California to Pat Brown in 1962.

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80. President Richard Nixon was the running mate of Dwight D Eisenhower, the Republican Party presidential nominee in the 1952 election.

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81. President Richard Nixon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 and to the Senate in 1950.

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