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.