After graduating from Duke Law School, Richard Milhous Nixon applied to be a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 23, 1937. He received an initial interview with the FBI, but then never heard a response back on his application. Nixon returned home to California and began practicing law. A decade and a half later, when Nixon became President Eisenhower's Vice President, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover told Nixon what had happened with his application. Nixon had been approved for acceptance as a special agent after his 1937 application and interview. However, due to budget cuts within the FBI, Nixon was never hired.
Then, in the early 1970s, despite Nixon's attempt to thwart an FBI investigation into the Watergate scandal, Nixon's complicity was soon uncovered.