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Nixon Quits!

August 9, 2009 |  9:18 am
Aug. 9, 1974, Nixon Resigns, Conrad

Aug. 9, 1974, Paul Conrad on Richard Nixon's resignation.

Nixon's resignation comes at an interesting time for the Daily Mirror because we're gearing up for the 1960 presidential race, awkwardly putting the end of the story before the beginning.

In the 1940s and '50s, under the influence of political editor Kyle Palmer (Nixon was a pallbearer at Palmer's funeral); James Bassett, who took leaves from The Times to work on Nixon's 1952, 1956 and 1960 political campaigns; the editorial board; and anonymous columns by "The Watchman," The Times was not only a Nixon supporter but a powerful ally.

And then ... but I'm getting ahead of the story. Scroll down and take a look at the masthead in 1974.

Aug. 9, 1974, PM Final

Aug. 9, 1974: The Late Final leads with Gerald Ford being sworn in as president.

Aug. 9, 1974, Nixon Resigns  
Aug. 9, 1974: Home edition, Nixon Resigns in "Interests of Nation."

Aug. 9, 1974, Editorial

The Times' editorial on Nixon's resignation says: "He departs in disgrace, the victim of a thirst for power that was his strength and his frailty. It was a power he used with effectiveness and imagination in many areas, including development of the new relationships for the United States and China and the Soviet Union. But it was a power that corrupted him, leading him to abuse his authority to the point of obstructing justice, encouraging him to justify any means for the end of maintaining himself in office."