Denial of Petition for Naturalization: "Was not well disposed to our institutions" #general

Meron Lavie

Hi all,

I have run across the Petition for Naturalization for a relative >from 1923,
to the Supreme Court of Kings County, NY.

His petition was denied. Actually, it took me quite a while to notice that
the petition was in fact denied; I had immediately listed him as naturalized
upon finding the Petition. Only in later review did I notice the denial.

This is the first time I ever saw a denied petition. The reason given by the
judge was: "Was not well disposed to our institutions".

There is evidence that the relative in question had psychiatric problems,
but that branch of the family were very simple people, and I find it
unlikely that he would have been an active, ideological anarchist,
polygamist, or belong to any extreme group whatsoever.

Also, given that he had bothered to apply for citizenship, and given that he
had signed the Petition (in which he swore he was not an anarchist or
polygamist, and was attached to the principles of the Constitution), I find
it difficult to believe that he then told the judge orally that he was in
favor of the violent overthrow of the government and replacing it with
anarchy. Also, being a bachelor, polygamy was ruled out.

Has anyone else ever run into a denied Petition for Naturalization, and if
so, for the above ostensive reason?


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