Edward Nixon

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Edward Nixon
Edward Calvert Nixon

(1930-05-03)May 3, 1930
DiedFebruary 27, 2019(2019-02-27) (aged 88)
Alma materDuke University (B.S., 1952)
NC State College (M.S., 1954)
Known forBrother of U.S. President Richard Nixon
Parent(s)Francis A. Nixon
Hannah Milhous Nixon
RelativesHarold Nixon (brother)
Richard Nixon (brother)
Donald Nixon (brother)
Arthur Nixon (brother)
Almira Park Burdg Milhous (grandmother)
Franklin Milhous (grandfather)
Jennie Eisenhower (great-niece)
Christopher Nixon Cox (great-nephew)
David Eisenhower (nephew-in-law)
Tricia Nixon Cox (niece)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower (niece)
Edward F. Cox (nephew-in-law)
Pat Nixon (sister-in-law)

Edward Calvert Nixon (May 3, 1930 – February 27, 2019) was an American entrepreneur and the youngest brother of United States President Richard Nixon. He coauthored his memoir, The Nixons: A Family Portrait, with Karen L. Olson. The book was published in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Born in Whittier, California, Edward was the youngest child of Francis and Hannah Nixon. In addition to his brother Richard (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994), Edward had two other siblings in his lifetime: Harold Nixon (June 1, 1909 – March 7, 1933) and Donald Nixon (November 23, 1914 – June 27, 1987). Another brother, Arthur Nixon (May 26, 1918 – August 10, 1925), died before Edward was born.[1]

Nixon graduated from Duke University with a BS in 1952 and from North Carolina State College with an MS in 1954.[2] Both degrees were in geology. He served in the United States Navy until 1962[3] as a naval aviator and helicopter flight instructor.[4] Nixon served on his brother's presidential campaigns, including as co-chairman in 1972.[1] He was an expert on global energy use and spent much of his professional life studying how people use natural resources. He was an advisor to companies on these issues.[4]


In 1974, Edward Nixon was the first witness for the defense in the Maurice Stans and John N. Mitchell conspiracy trial.[5] He contradicted the testimony of two of the government's chief witnesses. Later that year, the staff of the Senate Watergate committee disclosed additional information to support the charge that Charles Rebozo gave or lent part of a $100,000 "campaign contribution" to President Nixon's personal secretary Rose Mary Woods, and to Edward and Donald Nixon.[6]

Later life[edit]

From 1971 until his death, Nixon was the president of Nixon World Enterprises, Inc., an international consulting service based in Washington state.[7][8] Nixon also taught as an assistant professor of naval science at the University of Washington in addition to working as a helicopter flight instructor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Edward Nixon was the last surviving member of the five Nixon brothers, in the wake of brother Richard's death in 1994. He was the longest-lived of the Nixon brothers.

Edward Nixon married Gay Lynne Nixon June 1, 1957.[9] The couple lived together, for a time, in the Seattle-area suburb of Alderwood Manor, Washington; Gay worked as a schoolteacher at Woodway High School, as well as Meadowdale Junior High School in Edmonds.[10] They were married for 56 years, until Gay's death on January 20, 2014.[11] He had two daughters - Amelie Peiffer and Elizabeth Matheny.[4]

Edward Nixon died on February 27, 2019 at the age of 88, at a nursing facility, in Bothell, Washington.[1][12]

Depictions in media[edit]

In the 1995 Oliver Stone film Nixon, a youthful Edward Nixon is played by Mikey Stone.


  1. ^ a b c d Muhlstein, Julie (March 2, 2019). "Ed Nixon lived for years in Lynnwood and once taught at UW". The Everett Herald. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Richard M. Nixon Panel Addresses President’s Evolving Legacy via Duke Law
  3. ^ 'The ventures of the Nixon brothers,' Chicago Tribune, Wallace Turner, April 21, 1973, section 1, pg. 9
  4. ^ a b c Christina Maxouris. "Edward Nixon dies. He was former President Richard Nixon's last surviving brother". CNN. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Arnold, Martin (April 6, 1974). Edward Nixon Rebuts Stans Prosecution. The New York Times
  6. ^ Crewdson, John M. (July 11, 1974). Report Questions Rebozo's Account on Hughes Funds. The New York Times
  7. ^ Edward Nixon Archived May 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine via Pacific Northwest Center for Global Security
  8. ^ "Ed Nixon". Cherry Blossom Festival. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140128/NEWS01/140129069
  10. ^ Wolfe, Ellen (July 28, 1974). "The mysterious life of the quiet Nixon". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. section 2, pg. 3. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "Ed Nixon's Wife Gay Lynne Passes on at 76". Richard Nixon Foundation. 2014. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  12. ^ Edward Nixon, brother of President Nixon, dies at 88

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