The 37th President, Richard Milhous Nixon, marred the reputation of not only himself, but of every president after him. The Watergate Scandal was a major upheaval in the trust of a president. When it came to electing officials, President Nixon wasn't the best; he often elected corrupt officials. The Cambodian Campaign, which was ordered by Nixon, prolonged America's involvement in the Vietnam War, which was driven by heavy anti-communist views, not with the best interest of America in mind.. Using evidence from his life, education, political career, and the mistakes of his presidency, we will determine whether or not his presidency was positive or negative.
On January 9, 1913, on a little lemon ranch in Yorba Linda, California, Francis Nixon and Hannah Nixon gave birth to Richard Nixon. The eventual President Nixon was the second of five brothers whose early death of Harold and Arthur Nixon, would impact is life greatly in later years. After his father's lemon farm eventual failure in 1922, forcing them to move to Whittier, California, his family opened and worked at a gas station to get by.(nixonlibrary.gov).
Richard Nixon performed well in Whittier elementary school, but due to his brother Harold being diagnosed with tuberculosis, Nixon's parents sent him to Fullerton High School instead of Whittier High School(Black). His education would continue on to Whittier College, once again to Harold being ill with tuberculosis, which he helped take care of and work at the family gas station. Nixon's field of study would include student government, drama, and football (nixonlibrary.gov). He would graduate from Whittier in 1934 and go on to receive a full scholarship to Duke University of Law. Nixon would go on to graduate third in his class in June of 1937. He would leave Duke University and return home to Whittier, California.
Upon his return to Whittier, Nixon joined a law firm named Wingert and Bewley; “the law firm acted for local oil companies and handled wills and other non-contentious matter” (Black pp. 39). The first significant case that Nixon had at the Wingert and Bewley law firm was a monumental failure. The court ordered that a house be sold to cover a debt, which Nixon did, but he did not seek out if there were any other charges on a house. This brought a lawsuit towards the firm from the original firm's client. Due to Nixon's inexperience the firm payed the price(Black 39). Was it inexperience? Or was it purposeful negligence? Despite the failure on Nixon's part though, this case and later cases would make him a nationally known lawyer.
As a lawyer, Nixon was known for his inability to take on divorce cases. Hearing about the sexual misconduct of women made the future president very embarrassed and uncomfortable. Although in 1938 Richard found the woman he would eventually marry; the woman was Patricia Ryan born Thelma Catherine Ryan. After many unsuccessful proposal attempts, Patricia Ryan accepted and they were officially...