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A Controversial Pardon: Governor Poynter and John Benwell Kearns

One of the most controversial official acts of Nebraska Governor William A. Poynter was the pardon of John Benwell Kearns (aka John Benwell). When Kearns was released from the Nebraska State Penitentiary on May 23, 1899, he disappeared quickly from … Continue reading

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