DICK NIXON MARRIED PAT RYAN 73 YEARS AGO
Riverside, California (JFK+50) Richard Milhous Nixon, the future 37th President of the United States, married Patricia Ryan 73 years ago today, June 21, 1940, here in Riverside.
The wedding, described as "a small Quaker service," took place at the MISSION INN* wedding chapel.
One other future U.S. president was married on June 21. 130 years before Mr. Nixon's, Zachary Taylor married Margaret Smith in Louisville, KY. The couple had 6 children, one of their daughters married future Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
*The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa is a national historic landmark. It was built as a guest house by C.C. Miller in 1876 and renamed by his son Frank in 1902.
It is the largest mission revival style building in the U.S.
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
Photo by Oleknutke (2008)
Nancy and Ronald Reagan spent their honeymoon at the Mission Inn. Other U.S. presidents who have visited include Benjamin Harrison, McKinley, TR, Taft, Hoover, JFK, Ford and George W. Bush.
Dick Nixon** and Pat Ryan*** met in Whittier, California in 1940 when both were auditioning for a play. It is said that Mr. Nixon told Miss Ryan that night he was going to marry her.
"Pat and Richard Nixon Marriage Profile," by Sheri and Bob Stritof, www.marriage.about.com/
**Thelma Patricia Catherine Ryan was born in Ely, Nevada and the family later moved to California. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in merchandising in 1937 and began teaching high school in Whittier. Pat Ryan Nixon died in 1993.
Pat and VP Richard Nixon
in Ghana (1957)
***Richard Milhous Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California. He served in the US Navy in WWII, and was elected to the US Congress in 1946. In December 1950 he became a US Senator and served as Vice-President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Nixon was defeated by JFK in the Election of 1960, lost a bid for governor of California in 1962, but was elected 37th President of the United States in 1968. He served from 1969 to 1974. RMN died in 1994.