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US Bank of Portland v. Snodgrass

Oregon Supreme Court
202 Or. 530, 275 P.2d 860 (1954)


C. A. Rinehart’s will created a trust for his daughter, Merle Snodgrass (defendant), with the U.S. Bank of Portland as trustee (plaintiff). The will provided that Snodgrass would inherit the amount remaining in the trust when she turned 32 unless she became or married a Catholic beforehand. Two years after her father died, Snodgrass married a Catholic. When Snodgrass turned 32, the trustee petitioned the court to declare who should receive the trust funds. The court found the restraint on marriage valid as a binding condition of Snodgrass’s inheritance and directed distribution to the contingent beneficiaries. Snodgrass appealed, arguing the condition unlawfully restricted her right to marry and her religious freedom.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Warner, J.)

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