Richard Milhous Nixon
Burial Location Visited Vice President Grave #
Yorba Linda, California August 11, 2008 14th Visited

Richard Nixon left office in 1974 in the wake
of the Watergate Scandal, and remains the
only U.S. president to have resigned. He
passed away twenty years later and was
buried just a few yards from his birthplace,
located at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.

Nixon's grave bears my favorite quote, which
comes from his 1969 inaugural address: "The
greatest honor history can bestow is the title
of peacemaker."

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Shortly after being nominated as Dwight Eisenhower’s running mate for the 1952 election, a newspaper claimed that wealthy people were secretly supplying Richard Nixon with money for personal use so that they would be able to ask for political favors in the future. The Republican party requested that Nixon be removed from the ballot before it cost them the election. In response, Nixon aired a televised speech about the supposed bribe money. In the speech, he explained that all of the money went to political expenses, the people would not be getting favors, and that the exchange was not at all a secret. He also explained that the gift he had received was an American Cocker Spaniel, and he was going to keep it, as it was for his children. Somehow, the speech won over the American public, and Eisenhower won the election.

* In 1970, Elvis Presley arranged a meeting with President Nixon to discuss the rapid use of drugs in America. Presley talked about how he, with the president’s permission, could gain access to hippie groups and dissolve them. Also, Presley liked to collect badges, and wished to receive a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Badge. As a gift for allowing him to meet with Nixon, he gave him a gift: a handgun. The Secret Service showed their dismay.

* Richard Nixon suffered from paranoia, meaning that he had delusions that those around him were against him. In fact, Nixon actually had Special Counsel Charles Colson create an enemies list: a list that included the names of his supposed opponents and some of their political information. The list included people from all ranges of professions, such as Senator Ted Kennedy, actress Jane Fonda, and football star Joe Namath.

* On July 17, 1972 several men were caught trying to break into the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. 1972 was an election year, and the hotel was the Democratic party’s headquarters. It was determined that the men were breaking into the hotel in order to steal Democratic campaign secrets. The Nixon administration tried to cover up the incident, but the FBI had become involved. One of the White House aides said that Nixon had a taping system that recorded his telephone conversations. Congress ordered that these tapes be brought to light, but the president said that he didn’t have to and cited Executive Privilege, which allows government officials in the Executive Branch to resist subpoenas. Eventually it was revealed that there was an 18 1/2 minute gap on a tape from July 20, 1972. Nixon was forced to finally released the tapes, which revealed how major members of the president’s cabinet and his staff tried to cover up the incident. With the constant threats of impeachment breathing down his neck, Richard Nixon resigned as president on August 9, 1974. He is the only president to have resigned.

Second Lady: Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon

      - Spouse: Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon (m. 1940-1993)

Political Party: Republican Party

Served Under: Dwight David Eisenhower

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