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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama


Pat Nixon

Richard Nixon
I’ve never had it easy. I’ve never had time to think about things like...who I wanted to be or whom I admired, or to have ideas. I never had time to dream about being anyone else. I had to work.

Born - March 16, 1912 in Ely, Nevada

Parents - William Ryan & Katharina Halberstadt Bender Ryan

Married - June 21, 1940 to Richard Nixon

Children - Patricia “Tricia” (1946 – present),
Julie (1948 – present)

Education - Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, California; Masters in merchandising and teacher’s certificate at University of Southern California in 1937

Occupation - High school business teacher, secretary

Firsts - 1st First Lady to wear pants in public.

Other offices - Office of Price Administration: price analyst & economic analyst

Causes - Advocated volunteer service and travelled to the People’s Republic of China, Soviet Union, Peru, Africa and South America as First Lady

Died - June 22, 1993 in Park Ridge, New Jersey

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  • Mrs. Nixon met President Nixon when they were cast in the same play at the Little Theater group in Whittier, California.
  • Mrs. Nixon invited hundreds of families to nondenominational Sunday services in the East Room of the White House.
  • Mrs. Nixon added over 600 paintings and antiques to the White House Collection.
  • Pat Nixon was the 1st First Lady to wear pants in public.
  • Pat Nixon was the first First Lady to travel to China.

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