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    • The Whiskey Rebels (1795) The first ever act of presidential forgiveness came in the wake of an armed rebellion. Fed up with a costly federal tax on distilled spirits, in 1794 a group of whiskey-producing Pennsylvania farmers took to the streets and burned the home of a local tax inspector.
    • Brigham Young (1858) Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City and served as an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church), but he also ran afoul of federal law for his renegade behavior on the western frontier.
    • Fitz John Porter (1886) In 1868, all former Confederate soldiers received a presidential pardon, but it took another 18 years before U.S. General Fitz John Porter was exonerated for his role in the Civil War.
    • Eugene V. Debs (1921) Socialist politician Eugene Debs garnered nearly 1 million votes in the 1920 presidential election, even though he conducted his campaign from the inside of a jail cell.
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    • George Washington. Washington didn’t wait long to exercise the pardoning authority of the president prescribed by the Constitution, which historians said was one of the few aspects of monarchy rule in England that the framers adopted.
    • James Madison. The French pirates Jean Lafitte and Pierre Lafitte were best known for their marauding ways in the Gulf of Mexico. The brothers smuggled goods and enslaved people to southern Louisiana and flouted the law.
    • James K. Polk. John C. Frémont, known as the “Pathfinder of the Rocky Mountains,” was a central figure in the exploration of the West. He was the military governor of California and an Army officer.
    • James Buchanan. Brigham Young, a patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ascended to power as the first governor of the Utah Territory.
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    • 2001: Clinton pardons Marc Rich. In his most controversial final-day pardon, Clinton pardoned billionare fugitive Marc Rich after his ex-wife, Denise Rich, lavishly donated to Democrats.
    • 1974: Ford pardons Nixon. Ford pardoned former President Nixon in 1974 after he resigned during the Watergate scandal. Nixon resigned when Republicans began to abandon him in impeachment proceedings.
    • 1999 and 2017: FALN terrorists. Clinton in 1999 outraged members of both parties when he offered prison commutations to 16 members of the Puerto Rican terrorist organization FALN, which set off more than 100 bombs in the 1970s and ’80s, killing six.
    • 1971: Nixon frees Lt. William Calley. President Richard Nixon in 1971 ordered the release of Lt. William Calley, the only person convicted in connection with the 1968 massacre of villagers by US troops in My Lai, South Vietnam.
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  2. Dec 02, 2020 · George Washington issued the first presidential pardon in 1795 after the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania. Encyclopedia Britannica Show Me More There are many different types of clemency that fall under the president’s power. They include: pardon, amnesty, commutation, and reprieve.

  3. Dec 30, 2018 · President John Adams pardoned soldiers who had deserted during the Revolutionary War. President Abraham Lincoln and President Andrew Johnson issued presidential pardons to many soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. President Gerald Ford and President Jimmy Carter granted pardons for Vietnam-era draft evaders.

  4. Feb 20, 2020 · President Andrew Jackson pardoned George Wilson after he received death sentences for endangering a life and committing robbery. President Andrew Jackson. America's Library In 1829, a man named George Wilson was convicted on multiple counts of robbing mail trains, and putting the life of the mail carrier in jeopardy.

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