Warren G. Harding c. 1920
Aug, 1920
Eugene Debs was convicted in 1918 for violating the Espionage Act for an anti-war speech he gave in Canton, Ohio in June 1918 and for interfering with military recruitment. Debs was sentenced to ten years in prison and his conviction and sentence were upheld by the United States Supreme Court. Clarence Darrow later worked trying to get Debs pardoned or his sentence commuted. Darrow appealed to President Wilson and his Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer, both Democrats, but they refused to pardon Debs. But later President Warren G. Harding commuted Debs' sentence to time served and he was released on December 25, 1921. Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-91485.