Petition for Posthumous Pardon of Callie House

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Mrs. Callie House

Dear Mr. President:

In 1916 Callie Guy House was convicted and sentenced to a prison term for obtaining money by “false and fraudulent pretenses”—a sentence not supported by one scintilla of evidence. Callie House had been targeted and harassed by federal officials for years because of her legitimate political activities encouraging the formerly enslaved to demand that the U.S. government provide them with welfare assistance as they aged in abject poverty. Exercising the very rights denied to her, we petition the Office of the Pardon Attorney to recommend that the President grant a posthumous pardon to Callie House.



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