Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California, in a house that was built by his father. Nixon's father ran a grocery store in Whittier. His mother's family were Quakers; his Methodist father adopted the Quaker religion after his marriage.
Nixon's upbringing was marked by evangelical Quaker observances of the time, such as refraining from alcohol, dancing, and swearing.
His early life was marked by hardship, and he later quoted a saying of Eisenhower to describe his boyhood: "We were poor, but the glory of it was we didn't know it".