Richard Nixon resigned the presidency 40 years ago today (after a televised announcement the night before), boarded a plane with his wife, and came home to Southern California. Throngs of supporters greeted them at what was then El Toro air station in Orange County.
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Photos: (top) Richard M. Nixon and wife, Pat, after arrival at El Toro air station from Washington. (Bottom) Part of a crowd of 5,000 flag-waving and singing supporters who greeted Richard M. Nixon. This photo was published in the Aug. 10, 1974, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Larry Anderson / Los Angeles Times
The preparation of President Nixon’s lunch on his last full day in office. 8/8/74.
On the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, go back to the “Final Days” of his presidency, via the Woodward and Bernstein papers at UT’s ransomcenter.
For two years, public revelations of wrongdoing inside the White House had convulsed the nation. The Watergate affair was a national trauma—a constitutional crisis that tested and affirmed the rule of law. On the evening of August 8, 1974, President Nixon announced his intention to resign.
Nixon’s Resignation Letter and Gerald Ford’s subsequent Presidential Pardon are on display in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building from August 8 through August 11, 2014.
Barry Goldwater supporters climb a telephone booth to get a look at their man at a big rally in Wheatland, North Dakota in 1964. It was the last day of the National Plowing Contest and Soil Conservation Field Days:
"On the last day of the plow contest, politicians came to speak while the crowds were gathered for the event. Minnesota senator and vice-presidential candidate Hubert H. Humphrey spoke in the morning to a large crowd. He was joined by North Dakota’s governor Bill Guy and other local Democrats. An interparty lunch, which was served by local Democrat and Republican ladies organizations, was served in the home of the Fraase family for the visiting political dignitaries. Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater also gave a speech to a large crowd later that afternoon."from Images of America: Cass County. (Chicago: Arcadia, 2007), 46., Tom Hoheisel and Andrew R. Nielsen.
Via the Cass County Historical Society Photography Collection 2070 (Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo), Cass County Historical Society, Bonanzaville, West Fargo (2070.518.18);
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#3. Chester A. Arthur Was the Subject of the First “Birther” Movement
When Chester A. Arthur, who claimed to have been born in the exotic land of Vermont, became vice president under James Garfield, his disgruntled opponents in the Republican Party hatched a theory that he was actually born a few miles to the north of where he claimed, across the border amid the wild jungles of dark and savage Canada.
Arthur graduated to full president when Garfield was assassinated, which only made the conspiracy theorists scream louder. They hired a lawyer named Arthur Hinman (a traitor to all Arthur-kind) to investigate these claims. … According to Hinman, Arthur stole the identity of a dead sibling who had been born in Vermont, while he himself was actually born in Quebec. Oh man, not even the “American” part of Canada?
President Chester A. Arthur and the Birthers, 1880’s Style
The original “birther” controversy
Theodore Roosevelt commands the crowds’ attention from the platform on the back of a train at the Holdrege Depot in Holdrege, Nebraska, 1912.