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File on: Jane Seymour 1508–37

1974 Fiftieth anniversary

The resignation of Richard Nixon

David McGill reflects on the resignation of US president, Richard Nixon

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On 9 August 1974 Richard Nixon (President of the United States of America) resigned. He was forced out of office by the Watergate scandal and the threat of imminent impeachment by Congress. His administration’s involvement in a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington on 17 June 1972 and his attempt to cover up his knowledge of the crime and derail the subsequent investigation by Congress had destroyed his credibility as president. He is the only US president to have resigned from office. He was succeeded by Gerald Ford, who pardoned Nixon from criminal charges on 9 September 1974.

Extract from A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn:

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File on: Jane Seymour 1508–37

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