Claude R. Porter to Charles M. Williams

Identifier

TI00253d

Description

Replying that the federal government has no jurisdiction over the killing of negroes by a mob in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Source

National Archives and Records Administration 230/06/41 file #158260 box #1276 NARA ID #83

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Requires

Requires proofreading.

Text

Mr. Charles M. Williams,
70 Eye Street, N. E.,
Washington, D. C.

Sir:

Your letter of the 21st instant to the President complaining of the killing of certain negroes by a mob at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been referred to this Department.

In reply you are advised that the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Hodges v. United States, 203 U. S. 1, decided that the Federal Government had no jurisdiction under the Constitution over offenses of this character.

Respectfully,
For the Attorney General,
(Signed) Claude R. Porter.
Assistant Attorney General.

Original Format

Letter

Files

T100253d.pdf

Citation

Porter, Claude R., “Claude R. Porter to Charles M. Williams ,” 1918 November 29, TI00253d, Race and Segregation Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.