On the anniversary of Richard Nixon’s death, LIFE.com unveils a special gallery of photos: The Nixon You Never Knew.
Few American presidents have ever sparked the sort of visceral reaction in American citizens — and, indeed, around the world — as the 37th man to hold the office, Richard Milhouse Nixon. His supporters, especially early in his career, loved him. His detractors — well, not to put too fine a point on it, they absolutely despised him. …This LIFE.com gallery offers up a Nixon most people have never seen — a complex, even engaging man driven by (and ultimately destroyed by) raging ambition.
Visit the gallery here.