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Office of the Pardon Attorney

Presidential Clemency Actions by Fiscal Year (1900 to 1945)

PRESIDENTIAL CLEMENCY ACTIONS BY FISCAL YEAR
July 1, 1900 to June 30, 1945


President Fiscal Year Petitions Pending Petitions Received
Petitions Granted

Pardon  Commutation   Respite   Remission
Petitions Denied Closed Without Presidential Action
William McKinley

(March 1897 - September 1901)

1900 68 677 129 73 4 14 131 332
1901 45 796 162 50 2 12 117 448
Theodore Roosevelt

(September 1901 - March 1909)

1902 50 738 92 36 0 6 181 366
1903 107 543 70 57 0 7 131 316
1904 69 585 87 62 2 11 122 278
1905 90 574 109 52 0 4 119 278
1906 76 627 96 52 1 5 124 363
1907 81 523 71 30 4 10 116 272
1908 49 460 53 22 1 8 56 235
1909 134 463 90 52 1 8 79 220
William Taft

(March 1909 -
March 1913)

1910 147 645 111 119 1 24 139 290
1911 108 393 82 64 2 14 84 163
1912 92 412 108 78 2 18 55 173
1913 70 661 82 100 10 16 75 324
Woodrow Wilson

(March 1913 -
March 1921)

1914 124 664 104 116 1 28 102 345
1915 92 662 78 86 12 10 101 309
1916 158 889 116 107 30 16 109 436
1917 233 938 182 96 43 7 31 510
1918 302 934 119 94 29 14 140 640
1919 200 1,115 116 262 19 18 50 576
1920 274 1,028 198 341 57 43 25 440
1921 198 1,224 174 264 35 12 156 578
Warren Harding

(March 1921 - August 1923)

1922 208 1,144 162 187 28 13 182 536
1923 244 1,317 138 199 20 26 306 758



Calvin Coolidge

(August 1923 -March 1929)

1924 114 1,515 105 120 11 11 264 897
1925 221 1,568 182 96 0 11 266 1,017
1926 227 1,209 127 96 2 19 241 755
1927 196 949 89 110 2 20 161 633
1928 130 1,261 110 172 4 36 119 706
1929 244 1,544 160 179 0 29 148 1,082
Herbert Hoover
(March 1929 -
March 1933)
1930 190 1,141 121 85 1 14 129 783
1931 198 1,195 163 114 0 31 113 785
1932 187 1,203 189 137 0 39 115 699
1933 211 1,235 199 69 0 36 60 686
Franklin D. Roosevelt

(March 1933 -
April 1945)

1934 397 1,061 114 53 2 35 192 662
1935 400 1,407 211 36 3 61 184 757
1936 555 944 154 183 4 49 325 455
1937 329 1,080 192 37 3 59 137 653
1938 328 1,287 219 28 0 92 160 797
1939 319 1,215 172 32 0 40 139 729
1940 422 1,293 242 31 0 40 104 791
1941 510 1,367 178 15 0 18 74 910
1942 682 1,272 305 21 0 51 55 599
1943 923 1,019 332 17 0 10 55 748
1944 780 781 424 10 0 10 60 586
1945 471 815 276 25 0 12 29 506

LEGEND: This chart's numbers are taken from the Office of the Pardon Attorney's annual reports to the Attorney General for fiscal years 1900 to 1945. "Fiscal year" was then defined as July 1 to June 30. For years during which the administration changed, the numbers of clemency petitions could not be correlated exactly by President because the annual reports for those years did not apportion clemency cases between administrations. The reports, except for the Administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, apparently counted as remissions only cases in which the sole form of relief granted was remission of a financial obligation. The chart's figures exclude individual members of a class of persons granted clemency by proclamation.

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