Lot 48: Harry S. Truman

RR Auction

2015-07-07 10:59:51

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Lot 48: DS as president, one page both sides, 9 x 13.5, May 16, 1949. President Truman issues a pardon to "Jose Rubilar, an alien who was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island upon a plea of nolo conendere…and on June sixth, 1921, was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and one day; and Whereas the said Jose Rubilar was duly committed to the United States Penitentiary…and discharged therefrom by expiration of sentence…and Whereas the said Jose Rubilar, unless pardoned, will be deported; and Whereas it has been made to appear to me deportation of the said Jose Rubilar would work a grave hardship upon his wife and American-born minor children…I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, in consideration of the premises, divers other good and sufficient reasons me thereunto moving, do hereby grant unto the said Jose Rubilar a full and unconditional pardon." Signed at the conclusion by President Truman and countersigned by Attorney General Thomas C. Clark. The red seal affixed to the left side remains fully intact. In very good condition, with expected document wear, moderate scattered creases and soiling, and a few tiny edge dings and tears. At this time Truman was at the beginning of his second term and Clark intended to return to practicing law in Texas despite having been active in the reelection campaign. However, Associate Justice Frank Murphy of the Supreme Court suddenly passed away two months after Truman and Clark signed this document, allowing the president to nominate his friend and supporter to the vacant seat. Clark was confirmed on August 19, 1949, and contributed much to the Court's progress in protecting civil rights. Pardons by Truman are quite scarce, this being the first we have offered in five years. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $1000-1500
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