Nixon, (Thelma Catherine b. Ryan) Pat(1912–93) First Lady; born in Ely, Nev. Following a difficult childhood, she taught in a California high school before marrying Richard Nixon in 1940. She felt the strain of being a political wife acutely and she was not an active first lady.
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