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PRESIDENT JAMES K. POLK - PARDON SIGNED 06/01/1848 CO-SIGNED BY: PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN - HFSID 283732

JAMES K. POLK and JAMES BUCHANAN Polk as President, and Buchanan as Secretary of State, sign the "full and unconditional pardon" (10x17) of convicted burglar Robert Scott, June 1, 1848. Polk's signature is scarce! Presidential Pardon signed: "James K.

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JAMES K. POLK and JAMES BUCHANAN
Polk as President, and Buchanan as Secretary of State, sign the "full and unconditional pardon" (10x17) of convicted burglar Robert Scott, June 1, 1848. Polk's signature is scarce!
Presidential Pardon signed: "James K. Polk" as President, "James Buchanan" as Secretary of State, 10x17½. City of Washington, 1848 June 1. Robert Scott, convicted of burglary by the Criminal Court of the District of Columbia in its June session, 1844 and sentenced to a term of four years imprisonment, is granted a "full and unconditional pardon" on the recommendation of the Warden and Physician of the (un-named) penitentiary, and "considering that the ends of justice have probably been obtained in this case". Official seal affixed in lower left. Democrat JAMES K. POLK was Governor of Tennessee from 1839-1841. He lost reelection bids in 1841 and 1843. In 1844, after being nominated as a "dark horse" at the Democratic National Convention, Polk defeated Whig Henry Clay and was elected 11th U.S. President. While in office, he suffered from recurring attacks of cholera and continual work, including conducting the Mexican War and securing the territories of Oregon and Washington. Polk was exhausted after his four years in office and did not seek re-nomination in 1848. On June 15, 1849, just three and a half months after leaving the White House, Polk died. At 53, he is the youngest U.S. President to die of natural causes. Most historians rate James Polk highly. President Truman called Polk "a great President. He said exactly what he was going to do and he did it." Anything bearing Polk's signature is scarce. JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868) was a U.S. Representative (1821-31) and Senator (1834-1845), U.S. Minister to Russia (1832-1833) and Britain (1853-1856). He was Secretary of State under President Polk (1845-1849). He served one term as President (1857-1861), proving powerless to heal the growing sectional split over slavery or to prevent the secession of southern states after Lincoln's election. Most historians credit Buchanan as a capable Cabinet officer, but he ranks at or near the bottom of nearly every poll of effective Presidents. Horizontal and vertical creases. Lightly toned, with even edge marking from previous framing. Otherwise, fine condition.

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