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The first president ever to resign from office, Richard Nixon, is also the only former president granted a presidential pardon. Nixon received a "full, free, and absolute pardon" from his successor, Gerald Ford, on September 8, 1974. Following protocol, Nixon had submitted his resignation to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on August 9. Ford's pardon protected Nixon from prosecution in connection with his role in the scandal that ended his presidency—the coverup of the 1972 burglary at Democratic National Headquarters in Washington's Watergate office/hotel complex.  more...

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