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RICHARD NIXON'S 1933 SIGNED COLLEGE YEARBOOK (1913 - 1994) Thirty-seventh President of the United States who led during the Vietnam War, re-opened diplomatic ties with China and the U.S.S.R., resigned his office due to the Watergate scandal. A terrific signed Nixon relic, the 1933 Whittier College yearbook "The Acropolis", signed twice by the determined twenty year-old future president. He appears first on page 13 in a formal portrait as a member of the school's Executive Committee. Above his portrait he inscribes the image in green ink to the girl who owned this book: "To the best friend I had in French! Yours, Dick Nixon". He appears again on the following page as a member of the Joint Council of Control. On page 26 Nixon appears in his junior portrait citing his major: "History". On page 47 Nixon appears as a member of his beloved Orthogonian Society, and on page 74 he again signs a portrait, this time a casual pose as a member of the cast of the short play "The Price of Coal". On page 80 Nixon appears yet again as a member of the Debating Team with whom he would undertake over fifty contests. Covers only lightly worn, else very good. Following his graduation from high school (second in his class), Nixon won scholarships to Harvard and Yale, but declined due to his family's tenuous financial condition. He instead enrolled at Whittier College, a local Quaker school, where he co-founded the Orthogonian Society, a new organization to the campus geared towards working-class students. At Whittier, Nixon, a formidable debater, was elected freshman class president, and served as student body vice president in his junior year and president in his senior year. A lifelong football fan, Nixon practiced with the school's team, but played little. In 1934, he graduated second in his class, and went on to Duke University School of Law, where he received a full scholarship.
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000

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