Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9, 1913, in Yorba Linda, California. He served as Dwight Eisenhower's Vice President during both terms of the Eisenhower Administration. As the California Senator, Nixon was known as a staunch republican with a strong anti-communism stance. At the time of the 1952 election, Eisenhower was 62 years of age with nearly a 40-year military career. Senator Nixon was a WWII veteran with a 5-year political degree and was 40 years old.

Basic Chronology

1922: worked in father's gas station; delivered groceries

1934: graduated from Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.

1937: graduated from Duke University Law School

1937: admitted to the bar; practiced at Whittier, Calif.

1942 (January - August): attorney with Office of Emergency Management, Washington, DC

1942 - 1946: Lieutenant, J.G., U.S. Navy; served in South Pacific as aviation ground officer on Bougainville, Vella Lavella, and Green Islands; received two battle stars

January 3, 1947 - Nov. 31, 1950: U.S. House of Representatives (from California)

November 7, 1950: elected to U.S. Senate (from California)

December 1, 1950 received interim appointment, after his own election, to replace outgoing senator, who resigned several weeks before expiration of term

January 3, 1951 - January 20, 1953: U.S. Senate

November 1952: elected as vice presidential

November 1956: re-elected as vice president

January 20, 1969: took office as 37th President of the United States


To learn more, visit the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum website.

President Eisenhower attends the Republican Kick-Off Breakfast for Richard Nixon at the Washington National Airport.
September 18, 1956 [72-1876-3]
Last Revised Date
June 30, 2023