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Warren G. Harding

Presidency

What famous political figure did Harding grant clemency to while president?

Harding freed Eugene Debs, the prominent labor organizer and Socialist candidate for president, who had vigorously dissented and protested U.S. involvement in World War I. Harding ordered that Debs be freed for time served, but did not grant him an official pardon. Harding also freed many others who had been convicted under the Sedition Act of 1918.



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