|Text on Button||Nixon Votes Unlimited Ferndale NY|
Blue text on white background. Top third of button with red background and white star. Bottom third of button alternating blue and white stripes.
|Curl Text||Votes Unlimited Ferndale NY|
|Year / Decade Made|
This button was most likely made in support of Richard Nixon's re-election bid for president in 1972. Despite a failed presidential campaign in 1960, Nixon successfully ran again in 1968, becoming the 37th President of the United States. Prior to his presidency, Nixon served as a Republican representative in the House and a Senate. Nixon won re-election in 1972 by a record landslide, beating Democratic opponent, George McGovern.
Although Nixon initially escalated America's involvement in the Vietnam War, he did manage to bring home the majority of US troops by 1973. As the Watergate scandal erupted in mid-1973, Nixon—facing certain impeachment, lack of support from his own party, and criminal charges—had no choice but to resign. On August 9th, 1974, Nixon became the only president in American history to resign from office. Nixon's vice president, Gerald Ford, pardoned Nixon from criminal charges once he assumed the presidency. Nixon died at the age of eighty-four from a severe stroke in 1994.