1880 Rutherford B. Hayes Signed Presidential Pardon for Mail Fraud (Signature Certified)

1880 Rutherford B. Hayes Signed Presidential Pardon for Mail Fraud (Guaranteed Authentic)

This is a Presidential Pardon signed by Rutherford B. Hayes on behalf of Milton G. Abbott, pardoning him of his conviction for “devising a scheme or artifice to defraud by means of the mails” (mail fraud) on August 2nd, 1880. Written in beautiful handwriting, this exquisitely preserved document explains how Abbott was charged a $500 dollar fine and had served 7 months of his 10-month sentence in the Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia when he was pardoned:

“…And whereas, he was never before charged…with violation of law, but always was of good repute and engaged in legitimate business; and whereas, he has served seven-tenths of the said term, and is unable to pay said fine and costs; and whereas, he is a young man, with a wife and child dependent upon his daily exertions for support; Now, therefore, be it known, that I, Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States of America… do hereby grant to the said Milton G. Abbott, a full and unconditional pardon…”

This document is in excellent condition and guaranteed to be original and authentic. This is a great opportunity to own a 140-year old museum-quality document signed by our nation’s nineteenth president.


Rutherford B. Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893)

Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th president of the United States from 1877 to 1881. As an attorney in Ohio, Hayes first served as city solicitor of Cincinnati from 1858 to 1861. When the Civil War began, he left a fledgling political career to join the Union Army as an officer. Hayes was wounded five times, most seriously at the Battle of South Mountain in 1862. He earned a reputation for bravery in combat and was promoted to the rank of brevet major general. After the war, he served in Congress from 1865 to 1867 as a Republican. Hayes left Congress to run for governor of Ohio and was elected to two consecutive terms, from 1868 to 1872. Later he served a third two-year term, from 1876 to 1877. In 1876, the Electoral College made Hayes president in one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history. He lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, but won an intensely disputed electoral-college vote after a Congressional commission awarded him 20 contested electoral votes. The final electoral vote was 185 to 184. This resulted in the Compromise of 1877, in which the Democrats acquiesced to Hayes's election on the condition that he withdraw remaining U.S. troops protecting Republican officeholders in the South, thus officially ending the Reconstruction era. Hayes believed in meritocratic government and in equal treatment without regard to wealth, social standing, or race. Hayes implemented modest civil-service reforms that laid the groundwork for further reform in the 1880s and 1890s. He vetoed the Bland–Allison Act of 1878, which put silver money into circulation and raised nominal prices, insisting that maintenance of the gold standard was essential to economic recovery. Hayes's policy toward Western Indians anticipated the assimilationist program of the Dawes Act of 1887. Hayes kept an earlier pledge not to run for reelection, retired to his home in Ohio, and became an advocate of social and educational reform. Among Haye’s greatest achievements was to restore popular faith in the presidency and to reverse the deterioration of executive power that had occurred after Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Hayes will be remembered for his commitment to civil-service reform and to the defense of civil rights, among other notable accomplishments.

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This document will be housed in a hard plastic, archival quality, protective sleeve.


Document: 20.5 x 16 inches. Protective sleeve: 24 x 20 inches.  

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