If you would like to obtain a Chinese Exclusion Act case file located at the Seattle facility, contact the National Archives at Seattle. Send your reference request to or call 206-336-5115.

If your ancestor’s  file is at another National Archives facility, the Seattle staff will give you suggestions on where to find the file.

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Trish Hackett Nicola

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  1. My name is Rolf Parker, and I am a historian, based in Southern Vermont. A local newspaper, the Vermont Phoenix, states that John L. Martin, from this town, defended the constitutionality of the Chinese Exclusion laws in Newark District Court, in the 1901 case, “Chee Foo vs The United States.” I would attach a screenshot of that article, but cannot do so with this form. However you can read the article in the pages of the Phoenix on Chronicling America’s website.

    The article was printed in the Vermont Phœnix
    Friday, Jun 28, 1901
    Brattleboro, VT
    Vol: 68

    I can find no other record of this case. The Phoenix article states that Judge Fitzpatrick accepted all of Martin’s arguments, and ruled against Chee Foo, and that Foo was ordered back into custody and ordered to be deported. I have no idea if the case was appealed. A long search for the case file has me empty handed.


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