Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for August 9th:
Richard M. Nixon’s Resignation Letter, 08/09/1974


Richard M. Nixon's Resignation Letter, 08/09/1974 (National Archives Identifier: 302035); Letters of Resignation and Declination of Federal Office, 1789 - 1974; General Records of the Department of State, 1756 - 1979; Record Group 59; National Archives and Records Administration.

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.
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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.

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