A look at 15 unexpected resignations throughout history

Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 6:09 p.m. MST

Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he would resign the papacy on Feb. 28 caught the world by surprise.

While, in this case, the pope's resignation was due to his age and his concern about his ability to fulfill the ministry entrusted to him, reasons for sudden resignations such as Benedict XVI's vary.

Here's a look at some surprising resignations and the circumstances surrounding them.
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Former Sports Director
Ogden, UT

Do you think it might have been 1863 rather than the year I was born that Robert E. Lee attempted to resign?

Heber City, UT

Dear Former I only read 1863 as the year. I do not know where you got another date.

Former Sports Director
Ogden, UT

Yeah, they fixed it. Didn't know where to email them to let them know, so I just posted the comment.

American Fork, UT

Please post the entire list instead of having to load each as its' own page.

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