Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama: The President's First Pardon?

Will President Obama be like George W. Bush and wait almost two full years before granting even a single presidential pardon? Here (below) is a list of the presidents who hit the ground running. We list the number of days between inauguration or the assumption of office (via death or resignation) and their very first pardon as President of the United States:

Days Until
First
Pardon / President

1 - Millard Fillmore
2 - James K. Polk
2 - Andrew Johnson
2 - Calvin Coolidge
3 - James Madison
4 - Warren Harding
5 - J.Q. Adams
5 - Lyndon Johnson
6 - W.H. Harrison
7 - B. Harrison
7 - Herbert Hoover
8 - Thomas Jefferson
8 - William McKinley
8 - Harry Truman
9 - Chester Arthur
9 - Woodrow Wilson
10 - Rutherford B. Hayes
10 - Theodore Roosevelt
13 - J ames Monroe
13 - Martin Van Buren
14 - Andrew Jackson
15 - Franklin Pierce
19 - Grover Cleveland
19 - William H. Taft
19 - John F. Kennedy
20 - Zachary Taylor
24 - Abraham Lincoln
24 - John Tyler
30 - Andrew Johnson
30 - Gerald Ford

See chart here.

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