Monday, September 13, 2004

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon. This is a short and well done biography of President Nixon. It is from USA Presidents.

From the site:

Richard Milhous Nixon ( January 9 , 1913 - April 22 , 1994 ) was the thirty-sixth ( 1953 - 1961 ) Vice President , and the thirty-seventh ( 1969 - 1974 ) President of the United States . He is the only President to have resigned from office. His resignation came in response to the complex of scandals called the Watergate conspiracy.

Nixon was raised as an evangelical Quaker by his mother, Hannah, who hoped he would become a Quaker missionary. His upbringing is said to have been marked by such conservative Quaker observances as refraining from drinking, dancing, and swearing. However, this is doubtful, as the evangelical sect of Quakerism known as Friends Churches, having been largely organized by itinerant Methodists, bore little resemblance to the traditional 'unprogrammed' Quaker religion, with its silent worship, avoidance of paid clergy, and strict adherence to pacifism. In any case, his father was less religious, focusing on the family business, a store that sold groceries and gasoline. There is much debate as to whether Nixon went through the expected Quaker soul-searching attendant on whether to become a conscientious objector in World War II. During the period of his political career, however, he was not a practicing Quaker.

He attended Whittier College (a Quaker school), graduating second in his class, and Duke University Law School, where he received a full scholarship. He served as a noncombatant officer in the US Navy in World War II , and was a lawyer for PepsiCo .

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