Following his departure from the presidency in 1974, Richard Nixon struggled to rebuild his reputation. Nixon initially retired to San Clemente, Calif., and focused on writing his memoirs. After the publication and positive reception of his memoirs, Nixon and his wife Pat moved to New York City before relocating to Saddle River, N.J. He maintained an active public speaking schedule and wrote nine more books besides his memoirs.
Following his wife Pat’s death from emphysema and lung cancer in 1993, Nixon suffered a stroke in April 1994 at his New Jersey home. After a brief hospitalization that saw him enter a coma, he died on April 22, 1994, in New York City. He was buried on April 27 on the grounds of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum with five U.S. presidents and their wives (Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford) in attendance.