Friday, November 1, 2013
On June 4th, 1806, Thomas Jefferson granted a conditional pardon to John Adams, who had been fined $400 for breach of revenue laws. Jefferson's pardon, however, came with the condition that Adams never be allowed "to hold any office under the United States." This condition was to remain in "full force." Then again, this John Adams was a "mariner" from Pennsylvania, not THE John Adams. Perhaps Jefferson just couldn't put up with the name!