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Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893) Pardon of Samuel Cooper.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00043.23 Author/Creator: Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: June 28, 1879 Pagination: 2 p. + docket 40 x 27 cm + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 24.1 x 13.7 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00043.23 Author/Creator: Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: June 28, 1879 Pagination: 2 p. + docket 40 x 27 cm + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 24.1 x 13.7 cm

Convicted of embezzlement from the mails; pardoned since he behaved well, the crime was a first offense and he was a good Union soldier. (c/s Wm. M. Evans) One black and white bust engraving of Rutherford Birchard Hayes included.

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