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Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Pardon of John Krause, convicted of assault with intent to kill.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00068.06 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 26 July 1847 Pagination: 3 p. + docket ; 39 x 35 cm

Convicted of assault with intent to kill and sentenced to 2 years hard labor. Pardoned since he was penitent and the citizens of Georgetown had requested pardon. (c/s James Buchanan)

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