Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon chose to resign, the first ever to do so, rather than put the country through the ordeal of an impeachment. In a televised address, he said: "To continue to fight ... for my personal vindication would ... totally absorb the time and attention of ... the president and the Congress." In a private farewell to his Cabinet, President Nixon stated: "Mistakes, yes ... for personal gain, never ... I can only say to each ... one of you ... we come from many faiths ... but really the same God. ... You will be in our hearts and ... in our prayers."