United States politician Richard Milhous Nixon served as a member of the House of Representatives, the Senate, as Vice President,
and as the thirty-seventh president of the United States. He had close ties to Whittier College and the city of Whittier.
The Collection contains a wide range of information pertaining to all stages of his life in a variety of formats and materials.
United States politician Richard Milhous Nixon served as a member of the House of Representatives (1947-1950), the Senate
(1950-1952), as Vice President (1952-1961), and as the thirty-seventh president of the United States (1968-1974). He was born
on the Nixon family lemon farm in Yorba Linda, California, on January 9, 1913. During childhood, Nixon regularly attended
Quaker services in Whittier, California, where the family moved in 1922 after the farm failed and where Nixon's father ran
a grocery store. Nixon attended Whittier College where he excelled as a student and debater. He was president of his freshman
class and president of the student body during his senior year, participated in the football, basketball, track, and debate
teams, and co-founded the Orthogonian Society. Graduating second in his class in 1934, he won a scholarship to study law at
At the age of 26, Nixon was elected to the Whittier College Board of Trustees. During this time, Nixon met Thelma Catherine
Patricia (Pat) Ryan, a high school teacher. They married in 1940 and had two daughters, Patricia and Julie. Nixon entered
the Navy as a lieutenant junior-grade in August 1942 in order to serve in the Second World War. After the Navy, a group of
Whittier Republicans asked him to run for Congress; Nixon agreed and began his political career in earnest. That career concluded
on August 9, 1974 when he resigned from the Presidency after being impeached for his role in the Watergate scandal. As a private
citizen, Nixon visited a variety of countries on behalf of the U.S., consulted with the Bush and Clinton Administrations,
and wrote memoirs and books on international politics. Nixon died of a stroke on April 22, 1994.
The Nixon Collection contains one sub-series, the Gloria Gae Gellman Papers. This finding aid was created by Paige Harris
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