Friday, August 26, 2011

Lost Quaker Journals: #7 -- Richard M. Nixon

From the archives of the Association of Bad Friends. All rights reserved.

Richard Milhous Nixon, born and raised a Quaker in southern California, was the 37th President of the United State. He was a graduate of Whittier College (a Friends school) and the Milhous family (from Indiana before moving to California) had long been Quaker. Jessamyn West, the novelist, was his cousin. Nixon is largely known for the Watergate scandal, during the investigation of which it was revealed that he had a propensity for ... um... "plain speech" -- though not of the variety usually approved of by Friends.

1 comment:

Ken Maher said...

Friend Richard is best left buried. The only thing I can thank him for is a curious development when he was elected. When I first became a Quaker, if the subject came up at all, it always elicited conversation-deadening remarks like, "Oh, Quakers are such good people." Argh. But after 1969, I started hearing, "Of, isn't Nixon a Quaker?" Yes, but let me explain something to you...