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Application for Appointment

Application for Appointment

4/23/1937
Records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

This is Richard Milhous Nixon’s application to be a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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A future President for FBI special agent

Here we see Richard M. Nixon’s famous signature from a time when his future was unknown. Upon graduating from Duke Law School in 1937, Nixon submitted this application to be a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After his interview with the FBI, he never received a response. Assuming he didn’t get the job, Nixon returned home to California, passed the bar, and began practicing law. It wasn’t until Nixon was Vice President of the United States that he learned what happened with his application. Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover told him that he had been accepted as a special agent, but that due to budget cuts, his appointment was held back.

Document contains: 4 pages.