No. 572.

328 U.S. 61 (1946)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 22, 1946.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Homer Cummings and William D. Donnelly argued the cause for petitioner. With them on the brief was David J. Coddaire.

Frederick Bernays Wiener argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General McGrath, Robert S. Erdahl and Leon Ulman.

Ernest Angell, Julien Cornell, John W. Davis and Osmond K. Fraenkel filed a brief for the American Civil Liberties Union, as amicus curiae, in support of petitioner.

MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.

In 1943 petitioner, a native of Canada, filed his petition for naturalization in the District Court of Massachusetts. He stated in his application that he understood the principles of the government of the United States, believed in its form of government, and was willing to take the oath of allegiance (54 Stat. 1157, 8 U.S.C. § 735 (b)) which reads as follows:<...

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