Commutation of Sentence




Woodrow Wilson grants an official commutation of sentence to Isaac Sorin, convicted of possession of goods stolen from interstate shipments.


Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York Historical Society, New York


President of the United States of America,

Whereas Isaac Sorin was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey of having in possession goods stolen from interstate shipments, and on February third, 1919, was sentenced to imprisonment for five years in the State Penitentiary at Baltimore, Maryland; and,Whereas it has been made to appear to me that the said Isaac Sorin is a fit object of executive clemency:Now, therefore, be it known, that I, WOODROW WILSON , President of the United States of America, in consideration of the promises, divers other good and sufficient reasons me thereunto moving, do hereby commute the sentence of the said Isaac Sorin to expire October third, 1920.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name and caused the seal of the Department of Justice to be affixed.
Done in the District of Columbia this eighteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty, and of the Independence of the United States, the One Hundred and Forty-fifth.
By the President:
Acting Attorney General.

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Commutation of Sentence,” 1920 September 18, WWP15062, Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History Woodrow Wilson Documents, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.