Coyle v. Smith
Significance, Further Readings
Thomas P. Smith, Secretary of State of Oklahoma, et al.
The state of Oklahoma was denied equal status among the states by being required to locate its capital in the town of Guthrie under the Congressional Enabling Act admitting the territory to the Union.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Frank Dale, G. G. Hepner, John Burford
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
Charles West, B. C. Barwell, Joseph W. Bailey
Justices for the Court
William Rufus Day, John Marshall Harlan I, Charles Evans Hughes, Joseph Rucker Lamar, Horace Harmon Lurton (writing for the Court), Willis Van Devanter, Edward Douglass White
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna
Date of Decision
29 May 1911
Let stand a 1910 popular initiative establishing the capital of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City rather than Guthrie, thereby revoking the 1906 "irrevocable" agreement admitting the state to the Union.
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