List of United States Supreme Court cases by the Fuller Court

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This is a chronological list of significant cases decided by the United States Supreme Court during the tenure of Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller (October 8, 1888 through July 4, 1910).


Case name Citation Summary
Kidd v. Pearson 128 U.S. 1 (1888) Scope of the Commerce Clause
Dent v. West Virginia 129 U.S. 114 (1889) state licensing of doctors
Botiller v. Dominguez 130 U.S. 238 (1889) validity of Spanish and Mexican land grants within the Mexican Cession
Davis v. Beason 133 U.S. 333 (1890) United States federal courts have jurisdiction to hear charges related to polygamy even though it be part of a religious belief
Hans v. Louisiana 134 U.S. 1 (1890) sovereign immunity of states, interpreting the Eleventh Amendment
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad v. Minnesota 134 U.S. 418 (1890) states and railway fees
In re Neagle 135 U.S. 1 (1890) authority of the U.S. Attorney General to appoint U.S. Marshals as bodyguards to Supreme Court Justices
LDS Church v. United States 136 U.S. 1 (1890) upheld revocation of LDS Church charter and confiscation of church property
In re Ross 140 U.S. 453 (1891) application of U.S. law to foreign sailors on U.S. flagged ships while in another country
Holy Trinity Church v. United States 143 U.S. 457 (1892) contracts with foreign citizens, religion
Illinois Central Railroad v. Illinois 146 U.S. 387 (1892) railroad land dispute, public trust doctrine
Nix v. Hedden 149 U.S. 304 (1893) status of the tomato as fruit or vegetable under Tariff Act of 1883
Schillinger v. United States 155 U.S. 163 (1894) sovereign immunity forbids suit against the Federal government for patent infringement
United States v. E. C. Knight Co. 156 U.S. 1 (1895) antitrust action; “Sugar Trust Case”
Sparf v. United States 156 U.S. 51 (1895) jury instructions
Coffin v. United States 156 U.S. 432 (1895) the presumption of innocence
In re Debs 158 U.S. 564 (1895) strikes and interstate commerce
Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. 158 U.S. 601 (1895) income tax and tariffs
Hilton v. Guyot 159 U.S. 113 (1895) doctrine of comity
Rosen v. United States 161 U.S. 29 (1896) defendant's ability to inspect evidence at obscenity trial overcame objection that indictment was too vague
Geer v. Connecticut 161 U.S. 519 (1896) states owned the wild animals within their borders and can strictly regulate their management and harvest
Talton v. Mayes 163 U.S. 376 (1896) individual rights in U.S. Constitution not applicable to tribal governments
Plessy v. Ferguson 163 U.S. 537 (1896) segregation; "separate but equal"
United States v. Ball 163 U.S. 662 (1896) double jeopardy
Allgeyer v. Louisiana 165 U.S. 578 (1897) Freedom of contract
United States v. Trans-Missouri Freight Association 166 U.S. 290 (1897) railroads and rate fixing
Interstate Commerce Commission v. Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway Co. 167 U.S. 479 (1897) powers of an administrative agency
Barrett v. United States 169 U.S. 218 (1898) South Carolina had not been subdivided into separate federal judicial districts
Holden v. Hardy 169 U.S. 366 (1898) working hours of miners
United States v. Wong Kim Ark 169 U.S. 649 (1898) citizenship and race
Hawker v. New York 170 U.S. 189 (1898) character and doctor’s licenses
Williams v. Mississippi 170 U.S. 213 (1898) literacy tests
Brown v. New Jersey 175 U.S. 172 (1899) use of a struck jury
Malony v. Adsit 175 U.S. 281 (1899) trial judge must authenticate bill of exceptions
Cumming v. Richmond County Board of Education 175 U.S. 528 (1899) segregation in public schools
The Paquete Habana 175 U.S. 677 (1900) prize in admiralty law and customary international law
Marks v. Shoup 181 U.S. 562 (1901) Property issues
Insular Cases
   DeLima v. Bidwell 182 U.S. 1 (1901) constitutional status of Puerto Rico and the Philippines
   Goetze v. United States 182 U.S. 221 (1901)
   Armstrong v. United States 182 U.S. 243 (1901)
   Downes v. Bidwell 182 U.S. 244 (1901)
   Huus v. New York & Porto Rico S.S. Co. 182 U.S. 392 (1901)
   Dooley v. United States 183 U.S. 151 (1901)
   Fourteen Diamond Rings v. United States 183 U.S. 176 (1901)
Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock 187 U.S. 553 (1903) power of Congress to abrogate treaties with Native American tribes
Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Company 188 U.S. 239 (1903) copyright protection of illustrations made for advertisements
Champion v. Ames 188 U.S. 321 (1903) Congressional Commerce Clause regulation of lottery tickets
Giles v. Harris 189 U.S. 475 (1903) voting rights, Eleventh Amendment
Hawaii v. Manikichi 190 U.S. 197 (1903) sometimes considered one of the Insular Cases
Missouri, Kansas, & Texas Railway Company of Texas v. Clay May 194 U.S. 267 (1904) 14th Amendment permits law which penalizes railroads for allowing weeds to grow
Kepner v. United States 195 U.S. 100 (1904) sometimes considered one of the Insular Cases
Dorr v. United States 195 U.S. 138 (1904) sometimes considered one of the Insular Cases
Gonzales v. Williams 192 U.S. 1 (1904) Puerto Ricans and illegal aliens
Northern Securities Co. v. United States 193 U.S. 197 (1904) Antitrust, application of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Swift & Co. v. United States 196 U.S. 375 (1905) Commerce Clause, to regulate monopolies
Rasmussen v. United States 197 U.S. 516 (1905) sometimes considered one of the Insular Cases
Lochner v. New York 198 U.S. 45 (1905) freedom of contract, substantive due process
Harris v. Balk 198 U.S. 215 (1905) quasi in rem jurisdiction
Chicago Board of Trade v. Christie Grain 198 U.S. 236 (1905) upholding power of Chicago Board of Trade to regulate futures contracts
Hale v. Henkel 201 U.S. 43 (1906) witness testimony in antitrust cases
Northwestern National Life Insurance Co. v. Riggs 203 U.S. 243 (1906) upheld power of states to regulate insurance contracts against Fourteenth Amendment challenge
United States v. Shipp 203 U.S. 563 (1906) Only criminal trial in the court's history. Lynching.
Adair v. United States 208 U.S. 161 (1908) "Yellow Dog contract"
Loewe v. Lawlor 208 U.S. 274 (1908) Sherman Antitrust Act applied against labor union boycott
Muller v. Oregon 208 U.S. 412 (1908) protective labor laws, protection of women
White-Smith Music Publishing Company v. Apollo Company 209 U.S. 1 (1908) manufacturers of player pianos need not pay royalties to copyright holders of music
Ex parte Young 209 U.S. 123 (1908) exception to sovereign immunity under the Eleventh Amendment
Ware & Leland v. Mobile County 209 U.S. 405 (1908) contracts for the sales of cotton for future delivery that do not oblige interstate shipments are not subjects of interstate commerce, and are taxable by states
Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus 210 U.S. 339 (1908) First-sale doctrine, copyright holder cannot control resale prices by use of licenses
Londoner v. City and County of Denver 210 U.S. 373 (1908) role of due process in administrative rulemaking
Continental Paper Bag Co. v. Eastern Paper Bag Co. 210 U.S. 405 (1908) patent and antitrust
Berea College v. Kentucky 211 U.S. 45 (1908) state laws and segregation of educational facilities
Twining v. New Jersey 211 U.S. 78 (1908) Fifth Amendment does not apply to state trials
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. v. Mottley 211 U.S. 149 (1908) federal question jurisdiction, the "well-pleaded complaint rule"
Bailey v. Alabama 211 U.S. 452 (1908) peonage laws and the Thirteenth Amendment
Moyer v. Peabody 212 U.S. 78 (1909) citizens' rights during insurrection
Welch v. Swasey 214 U.S. 91 (1909) Massachusetts' statute restricting building heights is constitutional