On this date in 1873, Ward Hunt joined the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice. Born June 14, 1810, he was 62 years 209 days old, the fifth oldest person to join the Court, and Ulysses Grant's third appointee. Hunt served nine years on the Court, and died in March 1886, four years after he retired.
On this date in 1980, Philip Klutznick took his seat as the 25th Secretary of Commerce. He was 72 years 184 days old that day, the oldest first-time Cabinet Secretary in US history. He was the fifth oldest person to join the Cabinet, but the four who were older had previously had Cabinet posts when they were younger. Klutznick served out Jimmy Carter's final year in office. Born July 9, 1907, Klutznick died August 14, 1999.
On this date in 1731 (a year before George Washington was born), Eleanor Rose "Nelly" Conway was born. She married at the age of 18, and when she was 20, gave birth to James Madison (who would grow up to be the fourth President of the United States). She lived long enough to see her son elected President, re-elected President, and retired from the office. Nelly died on February 11, 1829, aged 98 years 33 days. She is #2 on the list of longest-lived Presidential mothers (trailing only John Kennedy's mother Rose, who lived to the age of 104).
On this date in 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California. During World War II, he served in the US Navy. After the war, he was elected to the House of Representatives (where he served just under four years), and then to the Senate (he served a bit more than two years). In 1952, Dwight Eisenhower chose Nixon to run for Vice President on his ticket. At the age of 39 (40 on inauguration day), Nixon was one of the youngest Vice Presidents in history. In 1960, he lost the race to succeed Eisenhower to John Kennedy (and Lyndon Johnson succeeded him as Vice President). In 1968, Nixon came back to win the Presidency (the only former Vice President to be elected President), succeeding Johnson. In 1974, Nixon became the first (and to date, only) President to resign his office. He died on April 22, 1994, the first President to die since Lyndon Johnson had died during Nixon's Administration.