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11 Notable Presidential Pardons

11 Notable Presidential Pardons

In 1830, he pardoned Wilson for his capital crimes; the mail robber would only have to serve a 20-year term for his other misdeeds. It sounds like great news for Wilson, but when authorities presented him with the pardon, Wilson perplexingly refused to accept it. In the closing days of his second term, though, Ronald Reagan pardoned Steinbrenner for these offenses. Samuel Mudd, Edmund Spangler, and Samuel ArnoldThese three convicted conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln served time for their crime, but all three received pardons from President Johnson in 1869. President James Buchanan later pardoned Young for his role in the fracas.

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