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Faribault, David (1821 - 1886). Executive Clemency Documents, 1863

 Collection — Folder: 01
Identifier: SMHC Collection 0164


This collection is made up of copies of the executive clemency documents relating to the pardon of David Faribault Jr. by President Abraham Lincoln. The pardon covered Faribault's participation in the Dakota Uprising in 1862. Included in the documents are: a lengthy discussion of Faribault's involvement authored by his father, a testimony to his character by Alex Faribault (David's uncle), a call for executive clemency by Major Sterne H. Fowler (who was married to David Faribault Sr.'s sister), a defense of Faribault's actions by Brigadier General Henry Sibley, and a final note written by President Lincoln, stating that Faribault was pardoned.


  • 1863

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David Faribault Jr. was born in 1821 to David Faribault Sr. and his wife Susan Weston, an American Indian. David Faribault Jr.'s involvement in the Sioux Uprising of 1862 was called into question during the trials that followed the battles. David, age 22 at the time of the Uprising, was taken captive with the rest of his family, by the Dakota, at the start of hostilities. David would later profess innocence of any wrongdoing during the fighting. His father served as one of the main witnesses against the Dakota during the trial, and this collection of papers contains letters from friends implying that David was forced to participate because he was a "half-breed". David only admitted to firing two shots "at a windmill" near New Ulm, and two or three shots during the fighting at Birch Coulee. Subsequent witnesses would place him among the Dakota warriors at New Ulm and Birch Coulee. David was convicted for his role in the Uprising, but was pardoned by President Lincoln by General Order 120, dated May 11, 1863.

David Faribault Jr. died in 1886.

Information from: Thiem, Karin. The Minnesota Sioux War Trials. Thesis, Mankato State University, 1979.


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Faribault, David (1821 - 1886). Executive Clemency Documents, 1863
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  • 2000-09: Finding aid revised by Robert Russell

Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US