Ranked #36: Nixon was an experienced political who would eventually resigned from office because of his involvement in the Watergate cover-up. This overshadowed most everything else he ever did.
Summary: He was an introvert who was hypersensitive, secretive and suspicious. A loner with few close friends who was able to win two elections in a time when hippies were abundant and the Vietnam War was in full swing, (which means he must of had a little charm).
Bio: He was a avid bowler, (installed a bowling alley in the White House) a golfer, (who could shoot in the slow 90s) a fine piano player, a knowledgable fan of football and baseball and a good poker player who reportedly won thousands of dollars while in the service that would eventually help finance his first campaign for Congress.
He made the rounds in Washington DC being a Congressman, a Senator, a Vice President, (under Eisenhower) and eventually President. He was even an attorney before his political career and took a shot running for California governor but lost the election. Nixon was very dedicated to his wife and family. As president, he took credit for creating the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) reduced arms with the then Soviet Union and opened relations with China.
However he will always be remembered for the scandal that has since placed the word “gate” on the end of every scandal since. Resigning from office took a toll on his health as he was ironically ill. In fact President Ford sited his health as one of the reasons for him to be pardoned. He died of complications of a stroke in 1994.
Pros: SALT agreement with USSR. Diplomacy with China. Created the EPA.
Cons: Watergate cover-up. A period of high inflation and unemployment.
Born: January 9, 1913, in Yorba Linda, California
Died: April 22, 1994 (aged 81) in New York, NY
Term: January 20, 1969 to August 9, 1974(elected for two terms and resigned)
Political Party: Republican
Religion: Society of Friends (Quaker)
Education: Whittier College (1934); Duke University Law School (1937)