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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Pardon of Thomas Wilson, convicted of 2 counts of assault weapon against crewmen on the Schooner "Exchange."

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00043.20 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 30 December 1859 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Convicted of 2 counts of assault [one with a dangerous weapon] aboard the Schooner "Exchange" while at sea; in one case, sentenced to 1 year and 3 months imprisonment and in the case involving weapon, sentenced to 2 years hard labor and to pay $1 fine and court costs. Pardoned due to insanity. (c/s Lewis Cass)

People: Wilson, Thomas
Cass, Lewis
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Presidents, Pardon, Law, Maritime, Mental Health, Criminals and Outlaws

Sub Era: Age of Jackson