Thursday, March 7, 2013

Nixon and Hoover visit the Bowie Race Track

Nixon and Hoover at the Bowie Race Track, March 7, 1959 (Washington Post)

March 7, 1959 (54 years ago today): Vice President Richard Nixon and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover joined a crowd of more than 20,000 people to watch a nine race program at the Bowie Race Track.  The trip to see the horses was a birthday present for thirteen-year-old Tricia Nixon who hoped to one day own a horse. The Nixon party included Tricia Nixon's classmate Peggy Quinn as well as long time Hoover companion Clyde Tolson.  The Vice President presented a trophy to the winner of the Barbara Frietchie Handicap - the featured race of the day.

J. Edgar Hoover was a frequent visitor to the Bowie Race Track.

In this picture, Nixon and Hoover are in the restaurant at the Bowie Race Track watching the horses before the fourth race of the day. This photo was taken by Jim McNamara, Staff Photographer for the Washington Post.

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