Richard Nixon

1913-1994

Behind the Man

Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9th, 1913. He came from a poor family, who's ranch failed when Richard was about 10 years old. Later he served in the Navy during World War 2. Nixon was elected in California to the House of Representatives in 1946 and to the Senate in 1950. He was the running mate of Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican Party presidential nominee in the 1952 election. Nixon served for eight years as vice president. He had an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1960, narrowly losing to JFK, and lost a race for Governor of California in 1962. In 1968, he ran again for president and won!

During his presidency Nixon is notorious for the Watergate scandal and initial involvement with the Vietnam War. But also Richard was involved with other social affairs regarding peace in the middle east and environmental issues. He delayed the construction of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal in order to stop environmental damage, and also signed a clean air bill which mandates that car manufacturers reduce certain pollutants by 90 percent. As we've all heard suspicion rose of Nixon's honesty when 18 and a half minutes of audio recording came up "missing" when asked to be presented. This suspicion led to Nixon resigning right before he was most likely going to be impeached. After his presidency he published a few books and tried to re-gain his public image, but suffered a stroke at 87 then died only 4 years later.

"Nixon's the one!"

Nixon was the popular choice in his election of 1962, he won by a land slide, beating Hubert Humphrey. Major accomplishments from his time in office include approving and signing the Postal Reorganization Act, which established an independent United States Postal Service. Also changing America today, he signed the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, which gave the secretary of labor the responsibility of setting workplace safety standards for jobs in the United States. As for failures, many people see his decision to get involved with Vietnam was a "failure" but notorious for the scandal, not being able to provide that audio, I would say is failing to serve the country as our president. I do not think that he would be a winner in todays election because he isn't a likeable guy. Hes old, out of fashion. Obama took the presidency game to another level in the 2008 election that I think Nixon could not rise to today.