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PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - TYPESCRIPT SIGNED - HFSID 202473

GERALD FORD He signs a copy of his pardon of President Nixon Typescript signed: "G. Ford", 1p, 6¼x9¼. On September 8, 1974, one month after taking office in the wake of President

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GERALD FORD
He signs a copy of his pardon of President Nixon
Typescript signed: "G. Ford", 1p, 6¼x9¼. On September 8, 1974, one month after taking office in the wake of President Nixon's resignation, President Ford exercised his power under Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution to "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 this text, Ford gave this rationale for the pardon, in part: "... the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States. The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive debate over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a man who has already paid the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest elective office of the United States." A former All-American football player at the University of Michigan and a Navy veteran of World War II, Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) represented Michigan in the U.S. Congress (1949-1973), serving as Minority Leader (1965-1973). Following the resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1973, Ford became the first person nominated by the President and confirmed by vote of both Houses of Congress as Vice President under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Following President Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, Vice President Ford became 38th President of the United States. Nominated by the Republican Party for a full term in 1976, Ford was narrowly defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter. Although this pardon was controversial at the time, contributing to Ford's defeat in 1976, it is now almost universally regarded as a prudent measure for healing the wound of the Watergate era. Light horizontal folds. Fine condition.

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