PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - PRESIDENTIAL WARRANT SIGNED 08/18/1879 - HFSID 251314

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES Rutherford Hayes signs a presidential pardon for Charles F. George. Partial Printed Warrant signed: "R B Hayes" as President, 1p, 8x10. Washington, 1879 August 18.In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State [William M.

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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
Rutherford Hayes signs a presidential pardon for Charles F. George.
Partial Printed Warrant signed: "R B Hayes" as President, 1p, 8x10. Washington, 1879 August 18.In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State [William M. Evarts] to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to a Warrant for the pardon of Charles F. George, dated this day, and signed by me, and for so doing this shall be his warrant." Article II Section 2 of the United States Constitution gives the President the "power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States". Prisoners must wait at least five years after conviction to apply for a pardon, which clears a person's name. Since a presidential pardon is an official U.S. government document, the President granting the pardon must order the Secretary of State to affix the seal of the U.S. to it. President Hayes issued 893 pardons during his one four-year term, averaging about 223 pardons a year, a presidential record. At that time, only his predecessor, U.S. Grant, pardoned more people, 1,332 in eight years, or about 166 per year. Docketed on verso (unknown hand). Lightly creased. Folds, not at signature. Soiled at folds on verso. Rectangular shading at upper margin touches 1 line of writing. Clip mark on verso, light clip impression at upper blank margin. Overall, fine condition.

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