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Richard Nixon


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Richard Nixon was the thirty-seventh president of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He resigned from the office in the midst of the Watergate scandal. Nixon was raised a Quaker under strict rules against drinking, swearing, and dancing. He remained a Quaker his entire life, although he would come under strong criticism from Quakers and other faith leaders over the escalation of the Vietnam War. Nixon was comfortable engaging conservative Christians of various types, maintained a relationship with Reverend Billy Graham, and endeared himself to religious conservatives with his staunch opposition to communism. Nixon has also been accused of anti-Semitism, notoriously stating in recorded conversation that a "Jewish cabal" was conspiring against his presidency.