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In Boston, six men convicted of tarring and feathering a man for celebrating Lincoln's murder are pardoned

Boston, Massachusetts, 1857
In Boston, the Governor's Executive Council pardoned six Melrose, Massachusetts men who had been tried the previous April for tarring and feathering a man who had celebrated the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  They had been convicted and each fined $300.  The Council, which advised the governor on pardons and appointments, ordered them pardoned and the fines returned.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Pardon of Six Tar-Featherers and Riding-on-a-Railers," New York Times, March 14, 1866, p. 8.