A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN's audience.

America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Pat Nixon
First Lady: 1969 - 1974
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  • Pat Nixon program
  • Up Next: Pat Nixon
  • Her Legacy and Burial Plot at the Nixon Library
  • Her Style
  • Welcoming the Pandas at the National Zoo
  • Most Travelled First Lady
  • Accepting Volunteerism Award
  • The Nixon Courtship
  • Her Early Years
  • Richard Nixon talking about his wife
  • Her Marriage
  • Her Influence
  • In Politics
  • Her Personality
  • As First Lady
  • Her Upbringing
  • Speaking out in the White House
  • Book Discussion on Pat Nixon
  • First Lady Pat Nixon, Ambassador of Goodwill
  • President Nixon 1969 Inauguration
  • Pat Nixon Funeral
  • Great Wives of Great Presidents


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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