Richard Nixon Fast Facts

Thirty-Seventh President of the United States

Nixon's Conference
circa 1975: American president Richard Nixon (1913-1994) smiles while standing next to a US flag during a press conference at the White House, Washington, DC. Hulton Archive / Stringer/ Archive Photos/ Getty Images

Richard Nixon (1913 - 1994) served as America's thirty-seventh president. He served during the end of the Vietnam War. However, due to a cover-up over illegal activities connected with his committee to elect the president, called the Watergate Scandal, Nixon resigned from the presidency on August 9, 1974. 

Here is a quick list of fast facts for Richard Nixon. For more in depth information, you can also read the Richard Nixon Biography.


January 9, 1913


April 22, 1994

Term of Office:

January 20 , 1969 - August 9, 1974

Number of Terms Elected:

2 Terms; Resigned during the second term because of the Watergate cover-up.

First Lady:

Thelma Catherine "Pat" Ryan

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Richard Nixon Quote:

"The people's right to change what does not work is one of the greatest principles of our system of government."
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Major Events While in Office:

  • Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon (1969)
  • Environmental Protection Agency created (1970)
  • Twenty-Sixth Amendment ratified giving 18-year-olds the right to vote (1971)
  • Break-in at Watergate occurs (1972)
  • SALT Agreement (1972)
  • Nixon visits China (1972)
  • End of the Vietnam War (1973)
  • Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigns (1973)
  • Nixon resigns (1974)

States Entering Union While in Office:

  • None

Related Richard Nixon Resources:

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Watergate Scandal

Watergate has become synonymous with presidential scandal. In 1972, five men were caught breaking into the Democratic National Headquarters located at the Watergate business complex. As the investigation developed, Nixon and his advisors worked to cover-up the crimes.

Essentials of the Vietnam War

Learn the key events that occurred during the Vietnam War. Over 2.5 million American troops were eventually involved in this highly controversial war. 

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