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Selective Draft Law Cases

Significance, A "supreme And Noble Duty", Further Readings


Joseph F. Arver, et al.


United States of America

Appellants' Claim

That the Selective Draft Act of 1917 violated Article I, Section 8 and the First and Thirteenth Amendments, among other provisions of the Constitution.

Chief Lawyers for Appellants

T. E. Latimer, Edwin T. Taliferro, Harry Weinberger

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

John W. Davis, Solicitor General

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, John Hessin Clarke, William Rufus Day, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna, James Clark McReynolds, Mahlon Pitney, Willis Van Devanter, Edward Douglass White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

7 January 1918


Denied the appellants' claim.

Related Cases

  • United States v. O'Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
  • Clay v. United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971).
  • Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57 (1981).
  • Selective Service System v. Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, 468 U.S. 841 (1984).

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