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New York State Department of State Executive Orders for Commutations, Pardons, Restorations, and Respites

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of executive orders for pardons, commutations, restorations of citizenship or respites. Each order includes the date, convict's name, crime, place where tried, sentence, place of incarceration, and the governor's signature. Commutations also include the commutation terms. Respites also contain date where tried, execution date, and dates of respite. There are no name indexes.
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Quantity:
28 volumes
Inclusive Dates:
1840-1929
Series Number:
B0049

Arrangement

Arranged by type of order (the pardons are sometimes separated from the commutations, restorations and respites, which are bound together and arranged therein chronologically by date).

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of twenty-eight bound volumes of executive orders directing the secretary of state to "make out" pardons, commutations, restorations of citizenship or respites. Under the provisions of the state's constitutions, the governor has the authority to issue these instruments. Each respite for pardon contains the date, convict's name, crime, place where tried, sentence, and place of incarceration, and the governor's signature. The commutations contain the date, convict's name, crime, place where tried, sentence, place of incarceration, terms of the commutation, and the signature of the governor. The restorations contain the same information as the pardons. The respites contain the date, convict's name, crime (usually murder), place and date where tried, date of execution, dates of respite, and the signature of the governor. There are no name indexes to the volumes.

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Related Information

Related Materials

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Series B0042 Executive pardons

Series B0046 Executive restorations of citizenship rights and

Series B0048 Respites and commutations, contain records pertaining to executive clemency.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Volume

Accretion: B0049-78
1840-1844 Pardons 1 1
1845-1848 Pardons 2 2
1849-1852 Pardons 3 3
1853-1854 Pardons 4 4
1855-1860 Pardons 5 5
1855-1860 Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 6 6
1861-1866 Pardons 7 7
Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 8 8
1867-1868 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 9 9
1869-1870 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 10 10
1871-1872 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 11 11
1873-1874 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 11 12
1875-1876 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 12 13
1877-1878 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 13 14
1879 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 14 15
1880-1883 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 15 16
1884-1885 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 16 17
1886-1888 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 17 18
1889-1891 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 18 19
1892-1894 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 19 20
1895-1898 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 20 21
1899-1904 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 21 22
1905-1914 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 22 23
1915-1918 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 23 24
1919-1920 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 24 25
1924-1925 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 25 26
1926-1927 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 26 27
1928-1929 Pardons, Commutations, Restorations, and Respites 26 28