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First Lady Patricia R. Nixon Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

FIRST LADY PATRICIA R. NIXON
Born: March 16, 1912 in Ely, Nevada
Died: June 22, 1993 in Park Ridge, New Jersey
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Thelma Catherine [Patricia] Ryan (1912-1993) played the part of Daphne in the Alexander Wollcot-George S. Kaufman play, The Dark Tower, at the community theatre in Whittier, California opposite a local lawyer, Richard Nixon (1913-1994). He was instantly attracted to her and asked her out, but she said she was too busy. Nixon then told her he was going to marry her someday and she laughed. They finally started dating, but she continued dating others. Nixon would drive Pat to her date, wait around and then drive her home. On May 1, 1940, he slipped an engagement ring in a May Day basket of flowers. On June 21, 1940, they were married at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. They had two children: Tricia (born 1946) and Julie (born 1948). Pat Nixon, the first president's wife to predecease her husband since Mrs. Hoover died in 1944, died a day after the couple's 53rd wedding anniversary.   

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