Richard Nixon

Controversial figure whose administration was marked by the War in Vietnam and Watergate. Until his retirement, he extensively used secretaries and autopens to sign for him.

About Collecting Richard Nixon Autographs

Richard Nixon seems to have had an aversion to writing out, or even simply signing, anything until after he left the White House. Almost all letters are typed. His letters were seldom interesting or fresh, and particularly as president, they tend to be short and rely on talking points. White House letters are most often signed “RN.”

After he resigned in disgrace in 1974, Nixon’s career-long attitude towards correspondence changed, perhaps because he appreciated those people who wrote him and had the time to read it and respond. He went from using staff-authored letters to generally dictating his own letters and signing them.