Tricia Nixon Cox

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Tricia Nixon Cox
Portrait of Tricia and Edward Cox - NARA - 194435.tif
Tricia and Edward Cox in 1972
Born Patricia Nixon
(1946-02-21) February 21, 1946 (age 72)
Whittier, California, U.S.
Residence Long Island, New York
Other names Sugarfoot (Secret Service codename)[1]
Education Boston College (B.A.)
Spouse(s) Edward F. Cox (m. 1971)
Children Christopher Nixon Cox
Parent(s) Richard Nixon
Pat Nixon
Relatives Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Arthur Nixon
Donald Nixon
Edward Nixon
Francis A. Nixon
Hannah Milhous Nixon
Jennie Eisenhower

Patricia Nixon Cox (born February 21, 1946) is the elder daughter of the 37th U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, and sister to Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

In her father's public career, Cox performed a ceremonial role, in contrast to her younger sister Julie Nixon Eisenhower's more political involvement. Cox accompanied him on many campaign stops and, after his inauguration, on state trips around the world.

She is married to Edward Finch Cox and is the mother of Christopher Nixon Cox.

Early life[edit]

Cox was born on February 21, 1946, and grew up in New York City, attending the Chapin School in Manhattan.[2] She briefly attended Finch College, a now-defunct women's college, then Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At her graduation on June 14, 1968, her father served as a special guest speaker.[citation needed]

In 1964, she was presented as a debutante to high society at the prestigious International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Edward Cox was her civilian escort at the International Debutante Ball.[3]

Marriage and professional activities[edit]

Tricia Nixon, escorted by her father down the aisle at her wedding to Edward Cox in 1971

Cox married Harvard Law student Edward Finch Cox in a White House Rose Garden ceremony on June 12, 1971.[4]

She has lived a very private life in the suburbs of New York, and was a stay-at-home mother for her son,[citation needed] Christopher Nixon Cox, born in March 1979.[2] Her husband is now a corporate attorney and the chairperson of the New York Republican State Committee. She serves on the boards of many medical-research institutions,[5] as well as the Richard Nixon Foundation at the Nixon Library in California.[6]


  1. ^ Dean, John (1976). Blind Ambition The White House Years. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 161. ISBN 0671224387. 
  2. ^ a b Doug Wead. All the Presidents' Children. Atria Books. p. 260. ISBN 0743446313. 
  3. ^ Editors, Rolling Stone. "The Making of the President's Daughter". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "1971 Year in Review,"
  5. ^ "Nixon Daughters Bury the Hatchet". Time Magazine. May 6, 2002. 
  6. ^ "Who Owns Richard Nixon?". The New Yorker. May 20, 2014.