Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Slow to Mercy

The following is a list of presidents who waited the highest number of days before granting their first presidential pardon:

Days before
first
Pardon / President

1811 - George Washington (State Department)
699 - George W. Bush
672 - Bill Clinton
669 - George Washington (Lardner Warrant)
536 - John Adams
282 - Richard Nixon
206 - George H.W. Bush
197 - Dwight Eisenhower
127 - Franklin Roosevelt
82 - Jimmy Carter
67 - Calvin Coolidge
65 - Ronald Reagan
42 - James Garfield
37 - James Buchanan
35 - Ulysses S. Grant

* NOTE: George Washington granted no pardons his first term in office. His first pardon came 42 days into his second term. See chart here.

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