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Polk, James K. (1795-1849) [Presidential authority to the Secretary of State to affix the seal to the pardon of Samuel Howard].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00045.08 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 13 January 1848 Pagination: 2 p.+collateral ; 36 x 26 cm

Summary of Content: Convicted of passing counterfeit coin; sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. Pardoned due to age, previous honesty, family's dependence, small amount of counterfeited money involved, and judge's request. Countersigned by Secretary of State James Buchanan. Also, includes petitions and receipt of pardon.

People: Howard, Samuel, fl. 1848
Polk, James Knox, 1795-1849
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentPardonLawCriminals and OutlawsCounterfeitingBankingFinance

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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