Richard Milhous Nixon
Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9, 1913 ,one of four brothers in a Quaker family.
He graduated with a law degree and was admitted to the bar in 1937. he practiced in a California law firm being made a full- time partner in 1939. He met and married Thelma Pat Ryan with the marriage producing two daughters. He enlisted with the United States Navy in 1942 and during the Second World War, receive two commendations for his services. He had been promoted to Lieutenant Commander by the time he resigned his commission at the start of 1946.
Nixon was elected to Congress in 1946, moving to the Senate and appointed Vice President when Dwight Eisenhower was elected President in 1953, serving eight years as Vice President.
Nixon's bid for the presidency in 1960 was thwarted by Democrat rival and long-time friend John F Kennedy. The race created a serious rift between the two presidential hopefuls with Kennedy's tenure lasting barely twenty two months.
Nixon ran again for the presidency, taking office in January 20, 1969 as America's 37th president but in 1972, under Nixon's orders, the Watergate offices of the Democrat Party were burgled by a team which included five Cubans, along with ex-CIA officers, E Howard Hunt and James McCord.
He resigned his presidency on August 9, 1974 following the Watergate scandal.
He died of a stroke on April 18, 1994.