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?


David Oseas <doseas{nospam}@...>

On 11/9/2018 10:46 AM, Meron Lavie wrote:
Has anyone else ever run into a denied Petition for Naturalization, and
if so, for the above ostensive reason?
I've run across several denials, but none so far for the reason that
you've mentioned. The most common reason for denial for the folks that
I've researched is "Lack of Prosecution" (ie, failure to appear in court
for their hearing).

There may be a paper trail that can provide you with more information.
There is a good article called "Quick Guide to finding INS Case and
Correspondence Files Related to Specific Individuals" at
) that describes some additional research that you can do.

A well known commercial website has a database called "U.S. Subject
Index to Correspondence and Case Files of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, 1903-1959" -- check the catalog of the website
to locate it. Despite the title, it does contain names of some individuals.

Another possibility is NARA's "Name Index (ca. 1893 - ca. 1932)":

Lastly, you may request a search of the USCIS Master Index through their
Genealogy Program ($65):
( )

David Oseas

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