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Richard Nixon

In office: January 20, 1969 August 9, 1974

Born: January 9, 1913, Yorba Linda, California
Died: April 22, 1994 (aged 81), New York City

Richard NixonRichard Milhous Nixon was the thirty-seventh President of the United States (19691974), and the only president to ever resign from office. He was also the thirty-sixth Vice President of the United States (19531961).

What do you know about Richard Nixon? Try this quick quiz.

1. In 1930, he graduated second in his class from Whittier High School. Where did he attend college?

  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • Whittier College

2. In 1934, he graduated second in his class from college, and went on to law school Duke University School of Law, where he received a full scholarship and graduated third in his class in June 1937. What law school did he attend?

  • Duke University School of Law
  • Harvard Law School
  • USC School of Law

3. Although Nixon's first choice was to get a job with the FBI, he returned to California and was admitted to the state bar in 1937. He began working in the law offices of Wingert and Bewley, where he worked on commercial litigation for local oil companies as well as on wills and other corporate matters. In 1938, he opened up his own branch of the law office in La Habra, California, and the following year he became a full partner in the firm.

  • Fact or Myth?

4. In October 1945, he attained the rank of . He resigned his commission on New Year's Day 1946. What was his rank at when he resigned his commission?

  • Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant commander
  • Commander

5. Soon after the culmination of World War II, some Whittier Republicans approached Nixon about running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nixon accepted, and defeated seven term Democratic incumbent in the November election to represent southern California's 12th Congressional district. Who did he defeat?

  • Aaron Morgan
  • Jerry Voorhis
  • David White

6. In the 1950 mid-term elections, Nixon challenged and defeated Democratic Representative Helen Gahagan Douglas in an historic landslide to win a seat in the United States Senate. The 39-year-old Nixon was selected by Republican party nominee General Dwight D. Eisenhower to be the Vice Presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention in July 1952. When did he run the first time for presidency?

  • 1956
  • 1960
  • 1964

7. Nixon famously blamed the media for favoring his opponent, saying, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference." When did he make the announcement?

  • After 1960 Presidential election
  • After 1962 California governor election
  • After 1964 Republican nomination for president

8. When was the break into Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.?

  • June 1, 1971
  • February 6, 1972
  • June 17, 1972

9. Nixon suffered a severe stroke at 5:45 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 18, 1994, while preparing to eat dinner in his Park Ridge, New Jersey home. It was determined that a blood clot resulting from his heart condition had formed in his upper heart, then broken off and traveled to his brain. He was taken to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, initially alert, but unable to speak or to move his right arm or leg. Damage to the brain caused swelling (cerebral edema) and Nixon slipped into a deep coma. On Friday, April 22, 1994, he died at 9:08 p.m., with his daughters at his bedside.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Richard M. Nixon buried?

  • Cremated, ashes given to family
  • Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, California
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia


  • 1. Whittier College
  • 2. Duke University School of Law
  • 3. Fact
  • 4. Lieutenant commander
  • 5. Jerry Voorhis
  • 6. 1960
  • 7. After 1962 California governor election
  • 8.
  • 9. Fact
  • Angels on your pillow10. Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, California

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