Guinn v. United States
Significance, Oklahoma's Grandfather Clause, A Political Decision, The Supreme Court Decides, Civil Rights And Wrongs
Frank Guinn, J. J. Beal
That the federal government had been wrong to prosecute these two Oklahoma election officials for enforcing an Oklahoma voting regulation that became known as the "Grandfather clause." The government believed that the "Grandfather clause" deprived African Americans of their right to vote.
Chief Defense Lawyers
James C. McReynolds, U.S. Attorney General; John W. Davis, U.S. Solicitor General
Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff
Joseph W. Bailey
Justices for the Court
William Rufus Day, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Evans Hughes, Joseph Rucker Lamar, Joseph McKenna, Mahlon Pitney, Willis Van Devanter, Edward Douglass White (writing for the Court)
None (James Clark McReynolds did not participate)
Date of Decision
21 June 1915
That the Oklahoma voting regulation did in fact violate the Fifteenth Amendment and unconstitutionally deprive African Americans of their right to vote.
- United States v. Classic, 313 U.S. 299 (1941).
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