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The Ambivalent Embrace of Kingly Power: Executive Clemency in Mid-Century Politics and Constitutional Thought

Strange, Carolyn


The American Revolution did away with monarchical authority but preserved kingly pardoning power. Its chief federal architect, Alexander Hamilton, developed his thinking on the �true character of the executive� in New York State, which more than any other both inspired and followed federal political thought on the place of executive clemency in a republican democracy. By focusing on a controversial 1847 pardon, whereby the governor released 18 felons serving sentences for acts of anti-rent...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: American Political Thought


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