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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924) [Presidential sentence commutation for Richard E. Polen, who was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon 7 December 1912]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04544 Author/Creator: Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 11 May 1920 Pagination: 2 p.

Summary of Content: Richard Polen was convicted in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia and sentenced to ten years in the State penitentiary at Baltimore, Maryland. The judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals and Polen began serving his sentence November 21, 1913. Wilson commuted his sentence to expire at once, no explanation given. Countersigned by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. Printed document with blanks filled in with type.

Background Information:

People: Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
Palmer, Alexander Mitchell, 1872-1936

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsCrimePardonWeaponryCriminals and OutlawsPrisoner

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties

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