Federal Presidential Pardon

A Study of Noteworthy Presidential Pardons

Eugene V. Debs

While in prison in 1920, he ran for president and received 3.4% of the popular vote. His health declined rapidly in prison and the attorney general ask President Wilson to pardon Debs. Denied. Once Harding became president, he pardoned Debs.

Burdick v. United States, 236 U.S. 79 (1915)

Wilson gave him a full pardon so as to give Burdick a free pass at ever being prosecuted for anything he said to grand jury. Burdick refused to accept it. He was jailed and fined.

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