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    Andrew Johnson Partly Printed Document Signed: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a warrant for the pardon of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd dated this day." One page, 8" x 10", Washington, 8 February 1869. Mudd was the first of the three surviving convicted conspirators to be pardoned, President Johnson citing in his case the humanitarian service he had rendered when a yellow fever epidemic swept his prison at Fort Jefferson, Florida, in the summer of 1867. One of the epidemic victims was Michael O'Laughlen, who had been convicted along with Mudd and Sam Arnold. Mudd's case still attracts strong partisans, largely due to the efforts of descendants to try and clear his name, and has been the subject of numerous books as well as the highly fictionalized movie "Prisoner of Shark Island". Gen. David Hunter, one of his trial judges, and Frederick Stone, one his attorneys, agreed that Mudd was his own worst enemy, and that is the kindliest judgment of many scholars. Mudd was, at the least, guilty of perjury, and may have been involved in Booth's abduction plot to some degree; whether he knew of an intent to murder remains an open question. Fine.

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