02-01-1869: Maryland Governor Bowie asks President Johnson to Pardon Dr. Mudd.
Source: Baltimore Sun, February 1, 1869.
Representative Stone in this article is Frederick Stone who was one of Dr. Mudd's defense attorneys during the Lincoln assassination trial. President Johnson pardoned Dr. Mudd a week after Governor Bowie's visit, on February 8, 1869. He pardoned Edman Spangler and Samuel Arnold three weeks after that, on March 2, 1869. Two days later, March 4, 1869, Ulysses S. Grant was sworn in as the 18th president of the United States.
The Dry Tortugas Prisoners - Visit of Gov. Bowie and Others to the President in their Behalf.
Washington, January 31. - Governor Bowie and Chief Justice Bartol, of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, accompanied by Judges Grayson and Robinson, and Representatives McCullough and Stone, called yesterday at 12 o'clock to pay their respects to the President. After a pleasant interview of some duration, Governor Bowie stated to the President that he had called relative to the pardon of Dr. Mudd, and that he believed that he spoke the general sentiment of the people of the State of Maryland, without distinction of party, when he asked for his pardon, and that he felt it to be his duty, as the chief executive of the State, and in obedience to the general sentiment of the State, to make this request.
Chief Justice Bartol then said that he had called as a citizen of Maryland to pay his respects to the Executive, and that as such citizen he concurred in the request of Gov. Bowie. He believed the pardon of Dr. Mudd would be regarded by the people of Maryland as a crowning act to an administration that had shown a sincere regard for the constitution and respect for the rights of the humblest citizen.
These views were also concurred in by Judges Robinson and Grayson. The President promised to give the matter his early attention, and after some time spent pleasantly, the visitors left. Before they left, Gov. Bowie also urged the President to extend the pardon to Spangler, who was generally believed to be innocent, but who seemed to be comparatively friendless.