I had a fabulous question (that I couldn’t ultimately answer) about how to locate presidential pardons via Ask A Lib. Here’s what I learned:

The pardon power is found in Art. II, sec. 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Pardons are executive orders, which is all well and good in a Federal Register world–but what about the dark days before? What about those souls spared between 1789 and 1935? The Office of the Pardon Attorney has statistics on pardons from 1900-present, but no names. You’ve got to look in the Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States. No luck there? Try finding inmate information from the National Archives, then cross referencing between the two.

Many thanks to my colleague  for pointing out my mistake and teaching me something new!

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