What Are Richard Nixon's Accomplishments

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Richard Milhous Nixon was born in January 9, 1913 and died in April 22, 1994. Nixon is the 37th President of the United States after serving as a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator from California, and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Nixon served in the United States Navy during World War II. Nixon proposedpassed many laws during his presidential terms but the major ones are the Selective Service Reform bill to Congress and in November 19 Congress completed action on the bill (HR 14001). This bill gave the President the authority to institute a draft lottery system aimed at inducting 19-year-olds first. Although, the legislation needed to amend a section of the 1967 draft law (PL 90-40) which prohibited…show more content…
Responding to rising concern over conservation and pollution, President Nixon founded the Environmental Protection Agency, and later oversaw passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Mammal Marine Protection Act. Another policy achievement was appointing 4 Supreme Court justices; Chief Justice Burger, Harry Blackmun, Lewis Powell, and William Rehnquist, who later became Chief Justice. Nixon dedicated a $100 million dollars to begin the War on Cancer, a project that created many national cancer centers and antidotes to the deadly disease. He also, signed Title IX in 1972, preventing gender bias at colleges and universities receiving federal aid, letting women into collegiate sports. President Nixon initiated the peaceful desegregation of southern schools. Welcomed the astronauts of Apollo XI that came home safely from the moon. President Nixon extended the right to vote to 18-20 year olds, lowering the voter age from 21 to 18. Nixon effectively broke the back of organized crime, authorizing joint work between the FBI and Special Task Forces, resulting in over 2,500 convictions by 1973. President Nixon ended the policy of forced assimilation of American Indians, returned sacred lands, and became the first American President to give them the right to tribal self-determination.…show more content…
He initiated the Project Independence in reaction to the oil embargo of 1973, which set a timetable to end reliance on foreign oil by 1980. In 1970, Nixon avoided a second Cuban Missile Crisis involving a Soviet submarine base. Supported Israel with massive aid in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, which Prime Minister Golda Meir later said saved her country. By the end of his presidency, Nixon’s approval rating had tumbled to 24 percent. Significantly, his disapproval rating climbed in direct relation to the fall in his approval rating. When people changed their minds about President Nixon they were skipping ambivalence and going straight to disapproval. As the 37th President he ended American Involvement in the war in Vietnam in 1973 and brought the troops back home. At the same time, he ended military draft. After the Vietnam War he visited the Soviet Union and he signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, the first comprehensive and detailed nuclear weapons limitation pact between the two superpowers. Making him a great President although many people don’t see him that way since the water gate
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