PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - INAUGURAL PROGRAM SIGNED - HFSID 88401
RICHARD NIXON Richard Nixon signs the inaugural program for becoming president on January 20, 1969. Inaugural Program signed: "Richard Nixon" on title page, 56p, 8½x11. Washington, D.C., 1969 January 20.
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Richard Nixon signs the inaugural program for becoming president on January 20, 1969.
Inaugural Program signed: "Richard Nixon" on title page, 56p, 8½x11. Washington, D.C., 1969 January 20. Title page, printed in gold ink with names in blue: "The Inaugural Committee/presents/the program for/the Inauguration of/Richard Milhous Nixon/37th President of the United States/and/Spiro Theodore Agnew/39th Vice President of the United States/January 20, 1969". The theme of the inaugural was "Forward Together". White cover is imprinted in blue ink and embossed with a gold and blue inaugural seal. Complete inaugural program featuring full color photographs of Richard and Pat Nixon and Theodore and Judy Agnew, extensive biographies of the President and Vice President and their wives (with b/w photographs of their families), Nixon's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention (August 8, 1968), the Oath of Office, the inaugural week schedule (outlining the program for the Capitol ceremony, the parade route and line of march, concerts and inaugural balls), photographs of Nixon's Cabinet members, promotions for the official inaugural book and medal and a list of the inaugural committee members. Nixon, who was inaugurated during the Vietnam War, was administered the Oath of Office by Chief Justice Earl Warren; Everett Dirksen administered the vice presidential oath to Agnew. The Nixon-Agnew ticket had won a slim victory in the 1968 election, with 31,710,470 to 30,838,055 popular votes for Hubert Humphrey, former President Lyndon B. Johnson's handpicked successor. Although Humphrey had tried to distance himself from LBJ's Vietnam policies, Nixon's victory was attributed to his promise to end the war with honor. Despite his conciliatory inaugural speech promising bipartisanship at home and peace abroad, security was tight as the city braced for the first large protest held during an inaugural. During the inaugural parade, one group of protestors shouted pro-Vietcong slogans and hurled beer cans and rocks at his limousine. Although Nixon and Agnew were re-elected in 1972 with a more decisive victory (46.7 million to 28.9 million popular votes), neither would finish their terms; Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973 after pleading nolo contendere to criminal charges of tax evasion (stemming from allegations that he took $29,500 in bribes while Governor of Maryland) and Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Covers are heavily soiled, slightly creased. Some inside pages lightly creased. Overall, fine condition.
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