actual settler

As applied to settlers upon the public lands of the United States, a settlement completed by the settler and not a contemplated or possible settlement of an applicant for settlement. The term implies an actual habitation established on some specific parcel of the land. Oregon & C. R. Co. v United States, 238 US 393, 432, 434, 59 L Ed 1360, 1395, 35 S Ct 908. The residence required in order to qualify one as an actual settler must be continuous and personal. 42 Am J1st Pub L § 22.

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