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Richard Milhous Nixon was born to Francis and Hannah Nixon in 1913 in Yorba Linda, CA. He became a member of the California House of Representatives in 1946. Nixon married Pat Ryan in 1940. Together, they had two daughters named Julie and Tricia Nixon.
Nixon was selected by Eisenhower to be vice president. He then took the presidential title from Johnson in 1969.
Nixon was president from 1969 to 1974. In 1970, he was caught up in what is now known as the ‘Watergate Scandal’.
Watergate was an office complex in Washington DC. One of it’s headquarters, the Democratic National Committee headquarters, was broken into in 1972. Turned out that Richard Nixon had tape recordings that he used to cover up the questionable and illegal things that had occurred after the break-in. He was told to hand the tape recordings over to the government investigators, and he complied.
Nixon nominated Gerald R. Ford for vice president, after Spiro Agnew resigned.
In 1974, Nixon resigned to begin “that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
Nixon died on April 22, 1994.