On the morning of August 9, 1974, the day following President Nixon’s televised resignation speech, White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig presented this letter to President Nixon to sign. The President’s resignation letter is addressed to the Secretary of State, in keeping with a law passed by Congress in 1792. The letter became effective when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger initialed it at 11:35 a.m.
National Archives, General Records of the Department of State
Photograph below: Richard Nixon delivering the “V” sign upon his final departure from the White House, photograph by Robert L. Knudsen, August 9, 1974
Nixon Presidential Materials Project