Oregon Practice of Dentistry Requirements, Measure 21 (1914)

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The Oregon Practice of Dentistry Requirements Bill, also known as Measure 21, was on the November 3, 1914 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed people with “reputable” dental college degrees or people with out-of-state dental licenses to practice dentistry in Oregon upon filing their certification and having two citizens attest to their “good moral character” with the Secretary of State.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 21 (1914)
Defeatedd No110,40454.35%
Yes 92,722 45.65%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

Measure initiated by John T. Corcoran, 232 East 78th St. N., Portland, Oregon. - DENTISTRY BILL. - Its purpose is to allow persons who have graduated from any reputable dental college, requiring at least two years' course of study of six months each year, and persons who have been licensed to practice dentistry under the laws of any other state, to practice dentistry in the State of Oregon and requiring applicants to file diploma or previous license with affidavit of at least two citizens attesting to applicant's good moral character with Secretary of State and repealing all laws in conflict. Prescribes penalty for violation. --- Vote YES or NO.

340. Yes

341. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 21 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on July 2, 1914.[1]

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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. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.