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PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - TYPESCRIPT SIGNED 11/05/1979 - HFSID 30182

GERALD R. FORD President Ford pardons former President Nixon. Souvenir Typescript signed: "Gerald R. Ford/11-5-79", 1p, 5¾x9¼. Sheet of tan paper signed by Ford upon which the conclusion of his pardon of Richard Nixon has been typed. In full: "The White House/Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R.

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GERALD R. FORD
President Ford pardons former President Nixon.
Souvenir Typescript signed: "Gerald R. Ford/11-5-79", 1p, 5¾x9¼. Sheet of tan paper signed by Ford upon which the conclusion of his pardon of Richard Nixon has been typed. In full: "The White House/Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and seventy-four." At President Ford's first press conference on August 24, 1974, questions mostly concerned what he planned to do about former President Nixon. The press did not seem as concerned with the important economic and foreign policy matters facing the nation. Ford realized he had to face the issue squarely. From A Time to Heal, The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford: "Did I, as President, have the legal right to pardon someone who had not been indicted, or convicted, yet?...Could I issue a pardon that didn't contain a reference to a specific crime? Could it be a general pardon?" On September 3, 1974, President Ford learned he had the authority to grant a pardon before an indictment was returned. On September 8, 1974, President Ford announced to the nation he had issued this pardon. From his autobiography: "I have to confess that my televised talk failed to emphasize adequately that I wanted to give my full attention to grave economic and foreign policy matters. Nor did I explain as fully as I should have the strong judicial underpinnings, in particular, the Supreme Court's ruling that acceptance of a pardon means admission of guilt." Fine condition.

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