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Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Company v. Oregon

Significance, Progressive Politics On Trial, The Political Question Doctrine Since Pacific States, Further Readings


Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Company


State of Oregon

Appellant's Claim

That the state of Oregon was no longer a republican form of government, since it gave citizens the right to pass laws by initiative and referendum.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

E. S. Pillsbury

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

A. M. Crawford, Jackson H. Ralston

Justices for the Court

William Rufus Day, John Marshall Harlan I, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Evans Hughes, Joseph Rucker Lamar, Horace Harmon Lurton, Joseph McKenna, Willis Van Devanter, Edward Douglass White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

2 February 1912


The Court denied it had jurisdiction and dismissed the case.

Related Cases

  • Luther v. Borden, 48 U.S. 1 (1848).
  • Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962).

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