According to About.com's Steve Smith, the nickname "Tricky Dick" for Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, was a response to smear campaign he ran against Helen Douglas when both were competing for a Senate seat in 1950. He was first referred to as "Tricky Dick" in a 1950 newspaper campaign funded by a Democratic committee urging citizens to “Look at Tricky Dick Nixon’s Republican Record.”Know More
Nixon, who had served on the House Un-American Activities Commission (HUAC), attempted to link Douglas to communism, even going as far as to print anti-Douglas leaflets on pink paper ("pink" being a term for Americans with loose ties to "red" Communist sentiments). In response, a committee supporting Douglas ran several full-page newspaper ads showing a cartoon Nixon baling hay labeled "Campaign Trickery" into a donkey labeled "Democrat."
Nixon served as president from 1969 to 1974. He is the only president to resign from office, which he did following his implication in the Watergate scandal. It is a common misconception that the nickname "Tricky Dick" hails from the Watergate period; it originated decades earlier. The name stayed with him throughout his political career and endures in post-presidential references to the controversial public figure.Learn more in US History
U.S. voters elected Richard M. Nixon as President of the United States in November, 1968. He also won a second presidential election in 1972. Nixon served as Dwight D. Eisenhower's vice-president from 1952-1960. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946 and the U.S. Senate in 1950.Full Answer >
President Richard Nixon's "enemies list" was an informal list of Nixon's political enemies that included businessmen, film executives, philanthropists, professors, politicians and journalists. According to the White House Counsel's office, the purpose of the list was to harass Nixon's enemies through IRS tax audits.Full Answer >
Richard Nixon, the 37th United States president, made use of a successful "Southern strategy" to win enough electoral votes from the southern states to defeat Hubert Humphrey, his 1968 Democratic election opponent. Until the 1960s, the southern states had traditionally voted against the Republican "Party of Lincoln" since the Confederate States' loss of the Civil War. By appealing to the anti-integration, states' rights and law-and-order sentiments of many Southerners of the time, Nixon was able to sway enough voters to the Republican ticket and win the election.Full Answer >
In Nixon's time in office, seven of his presidential vetoes were overridden by Congress. Among those vetoed were the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in 1972 and the War Powers Resolution in 1973.Full Answer >