The official portrait of Pat Nixon
The official portrait of Pat Nixon
 
 
The Nixon Family in the 1950s
The Nixon Family in the 1950s
 
 
First Lady and President Nixon
First Lady and President Nixon
 
 
The Nixon Family in the White House
The Nixon Family in the White House
 
 
Pat Nixon with Big Bird in 1969
Pat Nixon with Big Bird in 1969
 
 
Tasting food on her trip to China
Tasting food on her trip to China
 
 
The official photo of Pat Nixon
The official photo of Pat Nixon
 
#37 Nixon, Pat
Topic(s):   First Ladies (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon
Born March 16, 1912 (Ely, Nevada)
Died June 23, 1993 (Park Ridge, New Jersey)
Nationality American
First Lady Number 37
Dates in the White House January 20, 1969 - August 9, 1974
Occupation(s) teacher, farmer, secretary, wife, mother
Major Achievement(s) encouraged people to volunteer, traveled over 100,000 miles as First Lady, opened up the White House to disabled people, supported womenís rights

Thelma (Pat) Ryanís family was very poor. She was the oldest of five children. She was called Pat because she was born right before St. Patrickís Day.

Patís mother and father each died by the time she was 18 years old. She worked her way through college by doing many odd jobs. Pat graduated college with honors. She also helped put her siblings through college, too.

Pat married Richard Nixon in 1940. They moved to Washington, D.C. Richard worked for the government. In 1942, Richard joined the navy.

After the war, in 1946, Richard was elected to the U.S. Congress. Pat helped him win the election. They were known as the Pat and Dick team. Her husband made politics his career.

By 1948, the Nixons had two daughters. Pat enjoyed raising her children. Over time, Pat came to like politics less and less.

In 1968, Richard was elected President. Pat added many pieces of art to the White House. She traveled to many different places. She represented the U.S. on her trips. She arranged her daughterís wedding in the White House Rose Garden.

Richard Nixon was the center of a big scandal known as Watergate. He had to step down as president. Pat stood by him.

The Nixons went to their home in California. Pat had a stroke in 1976. She was never seen again in public. The Watergate scandal overshadowed her record as First Lady.

Resource information

Bausum, A. (2007). Our country's first ladies. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

Klapthor, M. B., Black, A. M., White House Historical Association, & National Geographic Society (U.S.). (1999). The First Ladies. Washington, DC: White House Historical Association with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society.

Kramer, S. (2001). The look-it-up book of first ladies. New York: Random House.

Schneider, D., & Schneider, C. J. (2001). First ladies: A biographical dictionary. New York: Facts on File.

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