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Resignation of Richard M. Nixon

Richard M. Nixon’s Resignation Letter, 08/09/1974  (detail)
Following the revelations stemming from the investigation of the Watergate break-in, President Richard M. Nixon resigned the Presidency in this letter dated August 9, 1974. The President’s resignation letter is addressed to the Secretary of State, in keeping with a law passed by Congress in 1792. The letter became effective when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger initialed it at 11:35 a.m.
Read more at American Originals

A page from former President George H.W. Bush’s diary recounting Nixon’s resignation are part of the Eyewitness exhibit–travelling to museums nationwide through 2008.

Read George H.W. Bush’s account of Nixon’s resignation in Eyewitness

Today’s Document from the National Archives

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