Richard Nixon

By Noah C. Phipps


I was born on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. I had 4 brothers: Harold, Francis Donald, Arthur and Edward, but Arthur, the fourth brother died unexpectedly in 1925. Harold, the oldest died in 1933 at age 24.
My father was a Republican and was interested in politics. He talked about it at the dinner table and listening to him I became interested in politics. My mother was a Quaker and we always had to start our family meal with a prayer. We owned a lemon farm, but it was not profitable and we had to grow our own food and my father worked as a carpenter. We moved to Whittier in 1922 because the lemon farm failed. My father bought a gas station on a nearby highway, seeing that cars were going to become a large part of America's future. Soon business was bustling and he added a grocery store too.

I graduated from Whittier High School in 1930. Harvard and Yale Universities invited me to apply for scholarships. Unfortunately I could not go to my dream Ivy League school because the Great Depression was upon us. My brother, Harold, was dying of Tuberculosis and so I stayed at home and attended Whittier College.

Early Political Life

A friend in Whittier named Herman Perry mailed me a letter when I was 33 saying I run for the House. I did. I ran against Jerry Voorhis. I worked a "win at all cost" tactic and even though I lied I won.
I was in the House of Representatives when the Cold War started. I thought that lawyer Alger Hiss was a spy for the Soviets. This case was famous and I did not stop pursuing him. Finally a man named Whittaker Chambers came out and said that they were spies. He could prove it too. Some stolen papers hidden in a pumpkin on his farm proved that they were spies.

In 1950 I ran for senator against Helen Douglas. People back then called Communists "pinks". I called Douglas "a pink lady" and played the voters worst fear.

In 1952 I was chosen to be presidential candidate Eisenhower's running mate! I was almost kicked off the ticket though because people gave me a secret fund and we were campaigning against the Truman Administration scandals. So I had to give a speech on television about how much I own and how much I owe. Even though that was a set back for our ticket we won!

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In 1960 I ran for president but lost to John F. Kennedy. In 1968 I tried again. This time I won! During my presidential time the Vietnam raged on. People got angry at me for not stopping the war. So I started bombing Cambodia. People started protesting even more. So I bugged the White House. One of the good things I did was go to China and lower Communist weapons.

Disaster: The end of my presidency

In 1972 five men broke into the Watergate office complex in to bug the D.N.C. I tried to cover it up so it did not look like the White House did it. I bribed people to keep quiet. People found out that I had: bugged the White House, covered up the scandal, and bribed people. People were disgusted and I resigned. In 1994 I took my last breath.
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"Always give your best. Never get discouraged; never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself."

Works Cited

Márquez, Herón. Richard M. Nixon. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co. 2003