According to a tally by Thoughco Trump seems to be in the last place as far as pardons issued, compared to all presidents since 1900. But are these stats misleading given that Trump's presidency is still ongoing, i.e. were past presidents more likely to issue pardons at the end of the term?
Or maybe in [the end of] their 2nd term?
President Obama granted just 22 pardons in his first term, the lowest number of any president since George Washington.
That number may a be a little misleading as Obama preferred commutations and eventually issued more of those than any other president on record. But even considering commutations, Obama has apparently issued the most in 2016:
Obama was particularly active in granting clemency later in his tenure. In the 2016 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, he granted clemency 589 times, including 583 commutations and six pardons. That was the most of any president in any fiscal year since 1920, when Woodrow Wilson issued 341 commutations, 198 pardons, 57 respites and 43 remissions for a total of 639 acts of clemency, according to DOJ.
Are there more comprehensive statistics on the time distribution of pardons within presidential terms?