W. M. Drake & B.H. Beazley v. W. J. Auten

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
W. M. Drake & B.H. Beazley v. W. J. Auten
Case Date: 
1888
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Election Dispute

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County:

Division: 
Middle
Number of Pages: 
147
Notes / Description: 

The plaintiffs were candidates for 1888 election of the Davidson County Justice of the Peace. They argue that Auten, who was also a candidate, was constitutionally ineligible for the position because he does not believe in God. The plaintiffs also claim that another candidate named Pope Johnson, also known as A.P. Polk, received votes in both names and that those votes should not be combined. The plaintiffs also claim misconduct at the polling stations.