Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th president of the United States, is perhaps one of the most remembered president in American history… but not for the best of reasons. After growing up in a financially unstable family in Yorba Linda, California, Nixon studied law throughout his adolescence, unaware of the future ahead of him (“The Life”). As a hopeful young politician, Richard Nixon focused on strengthening the nation on both domestic and, primarily, foreign terms. Despite his successes in foreign policy, Richard Milhous Nixon’s presidency took a turn for the worse in 1972 with the breaking of the famous Watergate Scandal and, subsequently, his resignation. Due to the pressure of this incident, Richard Nixon left a legacy as the first president to resign despite his attempt in his resignation address to convince the nation that the Watergate Scandal is in the past.
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Upon graduation in 1934, he won a scholarship to Duke Law School in Durham, N.C. Since his family was short of funds to pay for his lodging and books, he got a part time job. He graduated 3rd in his class and was elected president of the Duke Bar Association. Nixon looked forward to a career with the FBI in Washington, D.C., but returned instead to Whittier to join the town's oldest law firm. When the firm opened a branch office in La Habra, he transferred there and got some excellent practical experience.
Nixon was very involved at his school by participating in student government, drama, and football (“Biography of Richard Nixon”) Finishing second in his class at Whittier College, Nixon was offered a scholarship to Duke law School. There he participated in law review as an active member. He later graduated in June of 1937. Nixon later went back to Whittier College to join the Wingert and Bewley law firm. There at the law firm he met his soon to be wife, Thelma Catherine whom at the time was a schoolteacher and in a community play Nixon was also in.