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Richard Milhous Nixon: A Chronology of His Life and Career

When Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968, he climaxed one of the most extraordinary political comebacks in U.S. history. In 1960, while serving as Vice-President under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, he ran for the presidency and lost to John F. Kennedy. In 1962, he lost his bid to become Governor of California, his home state. After this loss, one television network presented a program called "The Political Obituary of Richard Nixon." But, in 1968, Nixon showed that he was politically very much alive. He won several primary elections, and again became the Republican candidate for President. This time, he defeated Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey, his Democratic opponent, and former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, the candidate of the American Independent Party.

Richard Milhous Nixon

1913, January 9   Born in Yorba Linda, California.
1934   Graduated from Whittier College.
1937   Graduated from the Duke University School of Law.
1939   Became the youngest member of the Whittier College Board of Trustees.
1940, June 21   Married Thelma Catharine Ryan.
1942-1946   Served in the U.S. Navy.
1946   Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1950   Elected to the U.S. Senate.
1952   Elected Vice-President of the United States.
1957 Nixon visits Africa Visited Africa.
1958, May visit to South America Visited South America.
1958, November Visit to England, 1958 Made a ceremonial visit to England.
1959 visit to Russia Visited the U.S.S.R.
1960   Defeated for President by John F. Kennedy.
1962 defeated for Governor Defeated for Governor of California by Edmund G. Brown.
1968 Richard Nixon's Administration Elected President of the United States.
1974, August 9 President Nixon publicly resigns from office Resigned as President.
1979, March 14 Christopher Nixon Cox Christopher Nixon Cox, his first grandchild, was born.
1994, April 22   Died in New York City.

Writings
Six Crises (1962)
R.N.: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (1978)
The Real War (1980)
Leaders (1982)
Real Peace (1983)
No More Vietnams (1985)
1999: Victory without War (1988)
In the Arena, a Memoir of Victory Defeat and Renewal (1990)
Seize the Moment (1992)
Beyond Peace (1994)

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PRINT SOURCES
World Book Encyclopedia Chicago: World Book-Childcraft International, Inc., 1979

WEB SOURCES
The American President http://millercenter.org/president/nixon

SEE ALSO
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
California
George C. Wallace
Hubert H. Humphrey
American Independent Party

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