Richard Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974, when he became the only president to resign the office. Nixon had previously served as a Republican U.S. representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.
Nixon's second term saw an Arab oil embargo, the resignation of his vice president, Spiro Agnew, and a continuing series of revelations about the Watergate scandal and other misconduct by members of the administration. The scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support, and on August 9, 1974, he resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office. After his resignation, he controversially received a pardon issued by his successor, Gerald Ford. In retirement, Nixon's work as an elder statesman, authoring several books and undertaking many foreign trips, helped to rehabilitate his public image. He suffered a debilitating stroke on April 18, 1994, and died four days later at the age of 81.
Although he had never been on Saturday Night Live, he has been impersonated by Dan Aykroyd 10 times from the February 14, 1976 episode to the May 26, 1979 episode. By Tony Rosato on January 23, 1982 during "The Nixon Mansion" sketch, Joe Piscopo on April 14, 1984 during the "60 Minutes" sketch, John Turturro on November 19, 1994 episode during the "It's A Wonderful Newt" sketch and by Darrell Hammond on January 10, 2009 during the "Frost/Other People" sketch.