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Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States. He was elected to two terms in office in 1968 and 1972, but resigned, before finishing his second term, due to the Watergate scandal in 1974. Nixon died on April 22, 1994.
In the 1985A timeline, Nixon had been elected to four terms and had been seeking a fifth as of 1983, with help from Biff Tannen, who was rich and powerful. Nixon had apparently been re-elected in 1976 and 1980, and was planning to run in 1984 apparently on promises to end the war in Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War by 1985. After Doc and Marty arrived on October 26, 1985A, the information about Nixon's role in the alternate timeline was on the front page of the Hill Valley Telegraph, whose lead story was headlined "Emmett Brown Committed".
Behind the scenes
- The questions of whether Nixon had won the 1984A election, whether the war had ended, or whether Nixon was still President in 1985A, are left unanswered in Part II.
- Nixon ran for President in 1960, but lost to John F. Kennedy. In 1962, Nixon ran for Governor of California, but was defeated. (Another future president Ronald Reagan, ran for the same office and one four years later).
- It appears that, as of 1960A, when Biff (23 at the time) was not yet powerful enough to influence that year's presidential election. Whether Biff was able to help Nixon become Governor of California is not clear.
- Nixon was Vice-President of the United States in 1955, and would be re-elected to that office in 1956 along with President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- Nixon attended Whittier High School and graduated in the class of 1930. Whittier High was used more than fifty years later as the filming location for Hill Valley High School.
- Besides portraying Clara Clayton Brown, the mother of Jules and Verne, actress Mary Steenburgen played the role of Richard Nixon's devout Quaker mother, Hannah, in Oliver Stone's 1995 film Nixon.
- Nixon is also still president in Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen, which is also set in the alternate reality of October 1985.