Hannah Milhous Nixon

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Hannah Milhous Nixon
Hannah Elizabeth Milhous

(1885-03-07)March 7, 1885
DiedSeptember 30, 1967(1967-09-30) (aged 82)
Francis A. Nixon
(m. 1908; died 1956)
ChildrenHarold Nixon
Richard Nixon
Francis Donald Nixon
Arthur Burdg Nixon
Edward Calvert Nixon
Parent(s)Almira Park Burdg Milhous
Franklin Milhous
RelativesPat Nixon (daughter-in-law)
Tricia Nixon Cox (granddaughter)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower (granddaughter)
David Eisenhower (grandson-in-law)
Jennie Eisenhower (great-granddaughter)

Hannah Milhous Nixon (March 7, 1885 – September 30, 1967) was the mother of President Richard Nixon.

Richard Nixon described his mother as "a Quaker saint."[2] She is acknowledged to have exerted a tremendous effect on her son's outlook throughout his life.[3] In Nixon's final remarks at the White House on August 9, 1974, he stated about her, "Nobody will ever write a book, probably, about my mother. Well, I guess all of you would say this about your mother -- my mother was a saint. And I think of her, two boys dying of tuberculosis, nursing four others in order that she could take care of my older brother for 3 years in Arizona, and seeing each of them die, and when they died, it was like one of her own. Yes, she will have no books written about her. But she was a saint."[4]

Early life[edit]

She was born Hannah Elizabeth Milhous near Butlerville, Indiana, the daughter of Almira Park (née Burdg; 1849-1943), who was from Columbiana County, Ohio, and Franklin Milieus (1848-1919), a native of Colerain Township, Belmont County, Ohio.[5]


She was married to Francis A. Nixon and had five sons:[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Mary Steenburgen portrayed Hannah Nixon in the 1995 Oliver Stone film Nixon.[6]


  1. ^ "The Nixon Family". Nixon Library and Museum. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Nixon Fun Facts via Nixon Foundation.
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica on line
  4. ^ "AllPolitics – President Richard Nixon's Final Remarks At The White House". Cnn.com. 1974-08-09. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  5. ^ [1] Archived April 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Linville, Susan E. (1 June 2004). History Films, Women, and Freud's Uncanny. University of Texas Press. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-292-70269-1.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Rebekah Baines
Mother of the President of the United States

January 20, 1969 - August 9, 1974
Succeeded by
Dorothy Ayer Gardner Ford