Vol. LXXXIV, No. 59-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, August 9, 1974 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
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By JEFF DAY
Special to The Daily
WASHINGTON - Richard Nixon, 37th Presi-
dent of the United States, resigned last night.
At noon today, the presidency will quietly be turned
over to Gerald Ford in a simple White House ceremony.
"I have always tried to do what is best for the nation,"
Nixon said beginning his low-key, almost dispassionate'
announcement that he would become the first President
ever to resign from office.
Thus only four minutes into his speech, Nixon made
official what had been known in Washington for hours.
"I have never been a quitter," he began. "But as
President I must put the interest of America first. America
needs a full-time President and a full-time Congress.
"-To continue a fight for personal vindication," Nixon
said, would take too much time of the Congress and the
N IX N "Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at
noon Friday. Vice President Ford will be sworn in as
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