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OF RICHARD NIXON
SIGNED BY GERALD
FORD AND RICHARD NIXON
SUMMARY:NIXON PARDON SIGNED BY BOTH FORD
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Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994).
Congressman, Senator, Vice President under Dwight Eisenhower
(1953-1961), Thirty-seventh President of the United States (1969-1974),
and Author; and Gerald Ford ( 1913-2006). Congressman, Vice-President
under Richard Nixon , and President of the United States (1974-1977).
- Extraordinarily Rare Document Signed,
being a typed transcript copy of Presidential Proclamation
4311 of September 8, 1974, by President Gerald R. Ford granting
a pardon to Richard M. Nixon, 09/08/1974, two separate pages,
large octavo, no place or date, but signed in the late 1980s.
Boldly signed by each as viewed.
- The original Presidential
Proclamation 4311 of September 8, 1974, as issued and read by
President Ford was a two-page typed transcript, singularly signed
by Ford. It is housed in Record Group 11: General Records of
the United States Government, 1778 1992, National Archives
and Records Administration (NARA), Washington, DC. (ARC #194597)
- Although his pardon of Richard
Nixon was very controversial and probably was one of the prime
factors leading to his loss in the 1976 presidential election,
Gerald Ford never second-guessed his decision to grant it. Acting
as his conscience dictated, he did not worry about political
consequences. Although the initial reaction to the pardon was
overwhelmingly negative, in recent years many original opponents
of the pardon have reconsidered Ford's decision. On May 21, 2001,
President Ford received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage
Award at the Kennedy Library. Speaking on this occasion, Caroline
Kennedy Schlossberg said of President Ford, As President,
he made a controversial decision of conscience to pardon former
President Nixon and end the trauma of Watergate. In doing so,
he placed his love of country ahead of his own political future.
- This incredible historic document
is the property of a gentleman who obtained the signatures from
Presidents Nixon and Ford himself in the late 1980s. It is the
History Buff's understanding that there is no other signed copy
of Presidential Proclamation 4311 by both Presidents that is
presently offered or available or has ever come up for auction.
The document has been well-preserved, no folds, very minor edge
wear at the bottom of page two, overall, in very fine condition.
- Full Transcript of
the Text from NARA:
- GRANTING PARDON TO RICHARD
- BY THE PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- A PROCLAMATION
- Richard Nixon became the thirty-seventh
President of the United States on January 20, 1969 and was reelected
in 1972 for a second term by the electors of forty-nine of the
fifty states. His term in office continued until his resignation
on August 4, 1974.
- Pursuant to resolutions of the
House of Representatives, its Committee on the Judiciary conducted
an inquiry and investigation on the impeachment of the President
extending over more than eight months. The hearings of the Committee
and its deliberations, which received wide national publicity
over television, radio, and in printed media, resulted in votes
adverse to Richard Nixon on recommended Articles of Impeachment.
- As a result of certain acts
or omissions occurring before his resignation from the Office
of President, Richard Nixon has become liable to possible indictment
and trial for offenses against the United States. Whether or
not he shall be so prosecuted depends on findings of the appropriate
grand jury and on the discretion of the authorized prosecutor.
Should an indictment ensue, the accused shall then be entitled
to a fair trial by an impartial jury, as guaranteed to every
individual by the Constitution.
- It is believed that a trial
of Richard Nixon, if it becomes necessary, could not fairly begin
until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, 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 a 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.
- 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, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the one hundred and ninety-ninth.
Gerald R. Ford
- The pardon will be come with a letter
of provenance as to its origin,
history and authenticity.