March 26, 1943

By Order of Colorado Governor
DENVER, Colo.—Governor John C. Vivian issued an order yesterday to halt the drafting of farmers by the state’s draft boards. He cited the Selective Service act itself as justification for his action. A passage in the act reads, “The governor of each state shall have charge of the administration of the selective service law in his state.” Vivian also filed a request with the Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson to return to civilian status all farm workers currently in the military and within the United States. The governor’s order may be unnecessary as Congress has authorized deferment for agricultural workers. A co-sponsor of the Selective Service act, Representative James M. Wadsworth (Rep, N.Y.), stated his belief that Governor Vivian exceeded his authority, but said he may reconsider his position after looking further into the situation.

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