No. 504.

283 U.S. 605 (1931)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 25, 1931.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Solicitor General Thacher, with whom Assistant Attorney General Dodds and Messrs. Whitney North Seymour and Harry S. Ridgley were on the brief, for the United States.

Mr. John W. Davis, with whom Messrs. Charles E. Clark, Allen Wardwell, and W. Charles Poletti were on the brief, for respondent.

Messrs. Charles P. Howland and Richard W. Hale, by special leave of Court, filed a brief, as amici curiae.

MR. JUSTICE SUTHERLAND delivered the opinion of the Court.

The respondent was born in the Dominion of Canada. He came to the United States in 1916, and in 1925 declared his intention to become a citizen. His petition for naturalization was presented to the federal district court for Connecticut, and that court, after hearing and consideration, denied the application upon the ground that, since petitioner would not promise...

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