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Raymond Kissam Price, Jr. (May 6, 1930 – February 13, 2019) was an American writer who was the chief speechwriter for U.S. President Richard Nixon, working on both inaugural addresses, his resignation speech, and Gerald Ford's pardon speech.[1]

Ray Price
Raymond Kissam Price, Jr.

(1930-05-06)May 6, 1930
New York City, New York
DiedFebruary 13, 2019(2019-02-13) (aged 88)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
Alma materYale University, B.A., 1951
Occupationwriter, speechwriter
Parent(s)Raymond Kissam Price
Beth (Porter) Price

A native of New York City, Price graduated from Yale University in 1951. There, he was a member of the Conservative Party of the Yale Political Union and also belonged to Skull and Bones.[2]:173

Price wrote a retrospective on the presidency titled With Nixon[3] and assisted Nixon in the writing of several books. John Dean mentioned Price as one person suspected (wrongly, as it happened) of having been Deep Throat. For 19 years, Price was a member of the Economic Club of New York.[4]


Other membershipsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • New York Times Book Review, November 20, 1977;
  • Newsweek, November 28, 1977;
  • New York Review of Books, April 6, 1978.


  1. ^ Martin, Douglas (February 14, 2019). "Raymond K. Price Jr., a Key Nixon Speechwriter, Is Dead at 88". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-72091-7.
  3. ^ New York : Viking Press, 1977. ISBN 0-670-77672-6
  4. ^ Shapiro, Gary (2007-06-07). "A Century Of Serious Conversation". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-23.

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