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1980 Proclamation Signed by Bill Clinton as Governor
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $812.00
One-page State of Arkansas Executive Department Proclamation signed by Bill Clinton (1946- ), forty-second President of the United States. This is a very rare official document signed by Bill Clinton during his first term as Governor of Arkansas, approving the shortening of a convicted murderer's sentence. The document is dated January 7, 1980 and commutes the prison sentence of Willie Lee Singleton (incarcerated for murder in the First Degree in 1965) from a term of seventy-eight years, four months and twenty-one days to a term of seventy-two years, four months and nine days. A change in sentencing such as this can only be executed with the approval of the Governor. Clinton's signature, penned "Bill Clinton" in black ink ("9/10"), appears above the signature of Paul Riviere, Secretary of State. A very faint impression of the official State of Arkansas seal is visible to the left of Clinton's signature. Clinton first became Governor of Arkansas in 1978, but later lost his reelection bid in 1980 to Republican Frank White. In 1982 he successfully reclaimed the office of Governor and held that position for the next ten years before defeating George Bush in the 1992 Presidential election. The document (8.5 x 14 inches), printed on thin paper stock, displays two notebook holes and seven staple holes along the top border, two horizontal fold lines along the base and a few light surface wrinkles throughout. Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $812.00
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