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"Richard and Pat Nixon: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Their Marriage"

Jan 07, 2014

January 7, 2014

Richard and Pat Nixon may have had a turbulent, 53-year marriage—but their relationship was also widely misunderstood, says presidential biographer Will Swift in his new book, Pat & Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage. Below, Swift shares some of the surprisingly sweet aspects of their marriage, as well as some of the romantic missives the couple wrote to each other.

1. Dick fell in love with Pat the first night he met her as they were trying out at a community theater for roles in the play Dark Shadows.
Pat was interested in Dick, but she was initially reluctant to make commitments to anyone. With the same strategic brilliance and will power he used to win seven elections, Dick courted Pat for two years until she was ready to get married. He hated ice skating and bloodied himself repeatedly, learning to stand upright on skates so that he could spend time with Pat and her friends. In the spring of 1940, he parked his car by the edge of a cliff overlooking a romantic cove. He proposed and she accepted. He considered marrying her the best decision of his life.

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