DescriptionWoodrow Wilson Signed Pardon of George Vaux Bacon. Four integral pages, partly printed, 10.5" x 16", framed to an overall size of 25.5" x 20.5". District of Columbia, July 17, 1920.This document pardons Bacon, who was "indicted . . . for beginning and setting on foot a military enterprise to be carried on from and within the United States against Great Britain and Ireland."
During World War I, Bacon was in England under the guise of an American journalist. Acting under orders from the German Secret Service, he planned to gather English air defense information. He was captured, however, in 1916 by Scotland Yard agents, convicted, and sentenced to death. After cooperating with the U.S. government by handing over information about the German spy ring operating from the U.S. and England, his sentence was reduced to one year and one day, which he served in the penitentiary at Atlanta, Georgia. Folds and some minor black marks on the blank page four. Bright red Department of Justice seal on page two near Wilson's signature. This document is opened and placed in a handsome glass clear frame with 1" border and is ready for display. Fine.
Also offered are two G. W. Bacon documents: 1. one page, partly-printed, 8" x 10.75", Washington, July 31, 1920, from the Department of Justice notifying Bacon of his 1920 pardon. Gracefully matted and framed to an overall size of 14.5" x 17.5". Fine. 2. One and one-half pages, 8.5" x 11", Whitehall, March 1, 1917, granting Bacon a commutation "by His Majesty the King to one of penal servitude for life." Fine.
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