- NAME: Pat Nixon
- OCCUPATION: Children's Activist, Political Leader, U.S. First Lady
- BIRTH DATE: March 16, 1912
- DEATH DATE: June 22, 1993
- EDUCATION: University of Southern California
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Ely, Nevada
- PLACE OF DEATH: Park Ridge, New Jersey
- Full Name: Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon
- AKA: Thelma Ryan
- Originally: Thelma Catherine Ryan
- AKA: Pat Ryan
- AKA: Pat Nixon
- AKA: Thelma Catherine Nixon
- AKA: Thelma Nixon
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Pat Nixon was the wife of Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States. As first lady, she traveled extensively and championed volunteerism.
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Longing for a life of privacy, Pat Nixon had to yet again live in the public spotlight when her husband decided to run for president in the 1960s.
Pat Nixon grew up in poverty on the farmlands of southern California. Her childhood came to an abrupt end at the age of 13 when her mother died of cancer.
After meeting as young actors in a theatrical production, Pat Ryan would soon wed Richard Nixon after a romantic courtship.
When Richard Nixon resigned his presidency in 1974, Pat Nixon was filled with grief but remained gracious to the end.
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