How Nixon spent his last day in office
President Richard Nixon woke up with a start after a restless night on August 9, 1974. He wondered at first if he had overslept.
On August 9, 1974, President Richard Nixon woke up with a start after a restless night.
“I looked at my watch,” Nixon said years later. “The battery had run out, worn out, at 4 o’clock the last day I was in office. By that day, I was worn out too.”
Nixon talked about his final hours in the White House during an interview his former aide, Frank Gannon, conducted in 1983. The Nixon Presidential Library began releasing portions of the Gannon interviews in August 2014 leading up to the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation.