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Nixon, Richard Milhouslocked

(09 January 1913–22 April 1994)
  • Joan Hoff

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Nixon, Richard Milhous (09 January 1913–22 April 1994), thirty-seventh president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, California, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, the second of five sons born to Frank Nixon, who ran a grocery store in Whittier, California, and Hannah Milhous. His mother’s Quaker views and emotional restraint countered to a degree his father’s combative and volatile nature: as an adult Nixon exhibited both characteristics. Hard work came naturally to him. He succeeded through perseverance rather than brilliance. A good student because he applied himself, Nixon excelled scholastically at both Whittier High School and Whittier College. His special talent was debating, although he doggedly tried to make “first string” on his high school and college football teams. These interests helped him develop skills he later used as a politician: perseverance and rhetorical attack. They also reinforced his combative, aggressive personality....

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