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Ford, Gerald R. (1913-2006) [A Proclamation : pardon of Richard M. Nixon]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00054 Author/Creator: Ford, Gerald R. (1913-2006) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed document signed Date: 8 September 1974 Pagination: 2 p. ; 27 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Prepared in 1977, after Ford's term of office. Explains that a trial against Nixon could not begin for a year or more and that, "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....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." This is a souvenir copy.

Background Information: This copy differs slightly from the original at the National Archives.

People: Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: PresidentEconomicsPardonLawPoliticsCorruption and ScandalImpeachmentVice President

Sub Era: The Seventies

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