Showing posts with label Grant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grant. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Obama and Other Multiple Term Presidents

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pardons and Presidents from Illinois

"Lincoln is a source of inspiration for Barack Obama" - Washington Post

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reporting on Pardons ... Tradition !

In November of 1911, the Washington Post reported President William Howard Taft was on a "record-setting" pace for pardons and would probably break the overall mark set by Theodore Roosevelt. But, in fact, Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland had both granted more pardons than Roosevelt.

And, when all was said and done, Taft didn't top Roosevelt (much less Grant or Cleveland). Nor did Taft top the marks set by presidents William McKinley or Rutherford B. Hayes. No, the "record-setting" pace finished sixth for that point in history! And nine out of the next ten presidents out-pardoned Taft as well!

In the same article, the Post informed its readers that Taft’s pardons were based “only on merits” and that “influence and politics” were “ignored.” Ah, the good old days.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Congressman With Too Many Wives

C.C. Bowen was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of South Carolina. He was born Christopher Columbus Bowen in Providence, Rhode Island, but the family moved to Georgia when he was eighteen years old. There, he farmed, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1862. He actually practiced law in Charleston before he decided to enlist in the Confederate Army.

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress simply notes Bowen “served throughout the war as a captain in the Coast Guard.” But authors Jane H. Pease and William H. Pease observe Bowen forged the signature of a commanding officer, one Colonel William P. White, on an extended leave pass in order to go on a gambling binge. After his capture, Bowen was court-martialed, stripped of his rank and dishonorably discharged. In the spirit of calculated revenge, Bowen attempted to arrange for the murder of the officer that had caused him such grief. Thus, one author may have been prone to understatement when he wrote that Bowen was "a mischievous fellow who would stop at nothing in trying to accomplish his purpose." But the cover up of the murder for hire scheme was not done well. Bowen and the private who actually did the shooting were soon arrested. As fate would have it, Federal (Northern) troops arrived in Charleston and had all prisoners released!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Grant Grants a Pardon

The New York Times beat up on Ulysses S. Grant a bit for a pardon he signed in March of 1874. Ira Gladwin (alias George Gladwin, alias George Gladding) had been convicted of mail robbery and sentenced to a total of fifteen years in prison. But Grant commuted the sentence to seven years and eight months. The pardon was obtained by a woman who was impressed by a fancy writing desk that was hand made by Gladding and wound up in the office of a literary paper in New York. The woman learned the story of the prisoner and decided to personally lobby for a pardon.Eventually, it was said that "many prominent citizens" of Connecticut supported clemency for the unhealthy prisoner Gladwin.

Gladwin left prison and dramatically announced a new life, beyond reproach lay before him. But, on the very day of the announcement, he had passed a bad check. He also took up “George Case” as an alias and passed several more forged checks, for hundreds of dollars, before being caught and arrested once again. The forty-two year old told officials that he was led to crime by an “irresistible impulse.”

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