Oregon Abolition of the Death Penalty, Measure 18 (1914)

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The Oregon Abolition of the Death Penalty Amendment, also known as Measure 18, was on the November 3, 1914 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure abolished the death penalty for murder committed in the State of Oregon and fixed life imprisonment as the maximum punishment for any crime.[1]

Measure 18 added Section 36 of Article I of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Measure 33 of 1912 also attempted to abolish the death penalty, but was defeated.


Measure 3 of May 1920 repealed the constitutional provisions of Measure 18, thus reinstating the death penalty in the State of Oregon.

Election results

Oregon Measure 18 (1914)
Approveda Yes 100,522 50.03%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

Constitutional Amendment initiated by Paul Turner, 563 Fourth Street, Portland, Oregon. - ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY. - Its purpose is to abolish the death penalty for murder committed in the State of Oregon and fixing life imprisonment as the maximum punishment for any crime. It repeals all provisions of the Constitution and laws in conflict with the same. --- Vote YES or NO.

334. Yes

335. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 18 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on July 2, 1914.[1]

Similar measures

Defeatedd Oregon Abolition of Capital Punishment, Measure 33 (1912)
Approveda Oregon Restoration of Capital Punishment, Measure 3 (May 1920)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 5, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 5, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.