Girouard v. United States

Girouard v. United States by William O. Douglas

Girouard v. United States, 328 U.S. 61 (1946), was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. It concerned a pacifist applicant for naturalization who in the interview declared not to be willing to fight for the defense of the United States. The case questioned a precedent set by United States v. Schwimmer in 1929 that denied an applicant entry to the United States because of her pacifist stance. Girouard v. United States overturned that precedent by voting in favor of Girouard's religious freedom through allowing him to uphold his Seventh Day Adventist beliefs. Excerpted from Girouard v. United States on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

328 U.S. 61

Girouard  v.  United States

 Argued: March 4, 1946. --- Decided: April 22, 1946

Messrs. Homer Cummings and William D. Donnelly, both of Washington D.C., for petitioner.

Mr. Frederick Bernays Wiener, of Providence, R.I., for respondent.

Mr. Justice DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.


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