Did You Know?
And the Nominee Is...
Richard Nixon was named to the Republican national ticket a record five times. The only other American to be nominated so many times to a national ticket was Franklin Roosevelt.
Nixon's mother did not have political aspirations for her son. On the contrary, she wanted him to become a Quaker missionary. After graduating from law school, Nixon hoped to be an FBI agent, but the Bureau did not accept his application.
Although he was not impeached, Richard Nixon is the only president so far to resign from office. Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached, although he remained in office because the articles of impeachment were voted down in the Senate by one vote. Bill Clinton was also impeached by the House of Representatives and found not guilty by the Senate, and he too remained in office.
Heat in the Kitchen
While in Moscow in 1959 to open the American National Exhibition, Nixon encountered Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev. There, in a display of a model American kitchen, Nixon and Khruschev got into a heated argument about capitalism versus communism. This "kitchen debate" did a great deal to enlarge Nixon's stature at home.
It's in the Mail
During Nixon's 1962 campaign for governor in California, approximately 500,000 postcards, appearing to be from conservative Democrats opposing Governor Brown, were sent to Democrats requesting money. In a court case in 1964, the judge found that the postcards sought "to obtain from registered Democrats votes and money for the campaign of Richard M. Nixon" and that the mailing was "approved by Mr. Nixon personally." The defendants in the case, who did not include Nixon, were strongly discouraged from using such tactics again.
The King Meets the President
Elvis Presley visited the White House in 1970, hoping to be named a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The King later received a specially prepared badge from the BNDD to add to his badge collection. After a brief photo session, Presley surprised Nixon with a spontaneous hug.
The Other Side of the Wall
When Nixon went to China in 1972, he became the first president to visit a country not officially recognized by the United States. The U.S. had, until that time, recognized only the government in Taiwan as the legitimate government of China.
Two major political families were united when Nixon's daughter, Julie, married Dwight Eisenhower's grandson, David, in December 1968. The couple had three children.
My American Experience
Who is your favorite 20th-century American president? Was it FDR? Reagan? Clinton? Or one of the other 14 men who helped usher the United Sates through the 1900s? Who do you think was the most influential?