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Timeline: A History of Pardons

The chart below shows pardons granted per year from 1900-2011. Click on a bar to see the number of pardons granted and by which president. The timeline below the chart shows notable pardons. | Story: Shades of Mercy: Presidential Forgiveness Heavily Favors Whites »

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Timeline: Notable Pardons

Sources: The White House, United States Office of the Pardon Attorney, Department of Justice, The Minority Staff Committee on Government Reform - U.S. House of Representatives, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ruckman, Jr., Yale Law School, University of Pittsburgh Law School, TIME magazine, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau,, KITV/ABC News, LA Times, Texas Monthly, Frank Sinatra By Chris Rojek