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United States v. Seeger

Significance, Defining Religious Belief, Vietnam Era Ferment, Conscientious Objectors


United States


Daniel Andrew Seeger

Petitioner's Claim

That only conscientious objection due to organized beliefs allowed exemption to service.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Kenneth W. Greenwalt

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Arthur J. Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

8 March 1965


Upheld the appellate court's reversal of respondent's conviction of having refused to submit to military induction.

Related Cases

  • United States v. MacIntosh, 283 U.S. 605 (1931).
  • United States v. Ballard, 322 U.S. 78 (1944).
  • Welsh v. United States, 389 U.S. 333 (1970).
  • Gillette v. United States, 401 U.S. 437 (1971).


Bradley, David and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, eds. The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America. Armonk, NY: Sharpe, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Hall, Kermit L. ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Johnson, John W., ed. Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.
  • Witt, Elder, Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1979.

Additional topics

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