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Richard M. Nixon: A Presidential Unit

Richard M. Nixon was the 37th President of the United States of America. His presidency is remember most for the Watergate scandal, but he also did some good things during his tenure in office.

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Political Party: Republican
Years Served: 1969 - 1974
Vice President(s): Spiro Agnew and Gerald Ford
Name of his parents: Francis Anthony Nixon and Hannah Milhous
Wife's name: Thelma Patricia "Pat" Ryan on 21 June 1940
Yearly Salary as President: $100,000/year + $50,000 expense account
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 11.5 inches
State of Birth: California

"Richard Nixon was born into a poor family and had to work really hard to get where he wanted to go. He believed in the "American Dream" and never gave up despite some strong political challenges.

Nixon was a lieutenant in the US Navy during World War II and after the war he worked hard to be appointed to the House and the Senate. At the young age of 39, he was selected to be Dwight D. Eisenhower's running mate.

It looked like Nixon's political career was over when he lost to JFK in 1960 and then lost the governorship of California in 1962. But, he made a great comeback and was elected to the US Presidency in 1969.

While Nixon was president, the first man walked on the moon, he arranged a cease-fire long enough to get US troops home from Vietnam, and he worked hard to reach agreements wit hthe Soviet Union (now Russia).

Nixon resigned in 1974 amidst great controversy and scandal caused by the Watergate cover-up. Despite his errors in judgement in regard to Watergate, Nixon can still be considered a good president in many ways. Before his death in 1994, he had privately ... if not publicly ... regained some of his reputation and was sought after for advice in regards to state matters.

On Line Lesson Plans:

Nixon from TeacherVision
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Herbert Hoover from Enchanted Learning

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Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Nixon children? [Answer: Patricia Nixon (1946- ); Julie Nixon (1948- )]

2. What other political positions did Nixon hold? [Answer: Attorney for U.S. Office of Emergency Management, 1942; Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1947-51; United States Senator, 1951-53; Vice President, 1953-61 (under Eisenhower)].

3. What did the "M" stand for in Nixon's name? [Answer: Milhous]

4. What religion did Nixon profess? [Answer: Society of Friends (Quaker)].

Of Note:

Cottage cheese with ketchup was Nixon's favorite lunch.

Nixon got into an argument in Russia in a model kitchen over how Americans lived. It became known as the "Kitchen Debate".


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