Kennedy, John F. Presidential Pardon Signed by John F. Kennedy. November 22, 1962. Exactly one year prior to the day of his assassination, President John F. Kennedy signed this full and unconditional pardon, with additional endorsement of the Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy. With embossed gold foil seal of the Justice Department, this pardon is one of the relatively few granted by President Kennedy during his short tenure. The beneficiary of this pardon was Matthew J. Connelly, President Trumanâ€™s Appointments Secretary, who had been convicted of violating Section 371, Title 18, United States Code: conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States (see also previous lot). 9 x 13 Â½â€. With center fold. Provenance: Property from the Estate of Matthew Connellyâ€™s son, Robert. With: A packet of signed letters and pardon application documents to Connelly from his lawyer, Alan Y. Cole, including Connellyâ€™s completed copy of the Department of Justice Petition for Pardon, Personal Oath, and uncompleted copies of the Character Affidavit, dated March 1962.