On His Penultimate Day in Office, President James Buchanan Pardons a Judge

March 2, 1861

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On His Penultimate Day in Office, President James Buchanan Pardons a Judge
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1 page | SMC 1076

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      On his next-to-last day in office, President Buchanan pardons a former judge, Daniel Vandersmith, serving a sentence for forgery.


      Document Signed, as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript; 1 page, quarto, Washington, March 2, 1861. To the Secretary of State, Jeremiah Sullivan Black.
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      I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State
      to affix the Seal of the United States to

      a Warrant for the pardon of Daniel B. Vandersmith,
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      dated this day, and signed by me: and for so doing this
      shall be his warrant.


      JAMES BUCHANAN

      Washington, 2d March, 1861.