December 19: William Van Schaick Pardon

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December 19

On this date in 1912, William Van Schaick, captain of the steamship General Slocum, which caught fire in the East River, resulting in the death of 1,200 people, many of whom are interred at Green-Wood, was granted a presidential pardon after serving 3 years at Sing Sing prison.

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