List of United States Supreme Court cases by the White Court

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This is a chronological list of cases decided by the United States Supreme Court during the tenure of Chief Justice Edward Douglass White (December 19, 1910 through May 19, 1921).


Case name Citation Summary
Weems v. United States 217 U.S. 349 (1910) cruel and unusual punishment
Bailey v. Alabama 219 U.S. 219 (1911) Advisory opinion overturned peonage laws
Muskrat v. United States 219 U.S. 346 (1911) Advisory opinion doctrine
Flint v. Stone Tracy Co. 220 U.S. 107 (1911) constitutionality of corporate income tax
United States v. Grimaud 220 U.S. 506 (1911) control of forest reserves
Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States 221 U.S. 1 (1910) dissolving interstate monopolies
Dowdell v. United States 221 U.S. 325 (1911) sometimes considered one of the Insular Cases
Gompers v. Buck's Stove and Range Co. 221 U.S. 418 (1911) contempt for violating an injunction against a worker's boycott
Hoke v. United States 227 U.S. 308 (1913) upheld the Mann Act, but held that Congress could not regulate prostitution
Bauer & Cie. v. O'Donnell 229 U.S. 1 (1913) extensions of patents by use of licenses, rights of copyright holder regarding “use” of copyrighted works
Charlton v. Kelly 229 U.S. 447 (1913) procedures to approve extradition of criminal suspect to another country
Stratton's Independence, Ltd. v. Howbert 231 U.S. 399 (1913)
Weeks v. United States 232 U.S. 383 (1914) establishment of the exclusionary rule for illegally obtained evidence
Ocampo v. United States 234 U.S. 91 (1914) sometimes considered one of the Insular Cases
Shreveport Rate Case 234 U.S. 342 (1914) Commerce clause, regulation of intrastate railroad rates
Coppage v. Kansas 236 U.S. 1 (1915) Economic due process and yellow-dog contracts
Burdick v. United States 236 U.S. 79 (1915) Legal effect of a pardon
Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio 236 U.S. 230 (1915) free speech and the censorship of motion pictures
Guinn v. United States 238 U.S. 347 (1915) constitutionality of Oklahoma's "grandfather law" used to disenfranchise African-American voters
Hadacheck v. Sebastian 239 U.S. 394 (1915) municipal regulation of land use
Bi-Metallic Investment Co. v. State Board of Equalization 239 U.S. 441 (1915) denial of due process procedural protections for legislative and rulemaking acts, as opposed to adjudicatory proceedings
Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad 240 U.S. 1 (1916) power to tax income under the Sixteenth Amendment
Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co. 240 U.S. 103 (1916) power to tax income under the Sixteenth Amendment
Georgia, Florida, & Alabama Railway Co. v. Blish Milling Co. 241 U.S. 190 (1916) responsibilities of parties under a bill of lading
United States v. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola 241 U.S. 265 (1916) case brought against Coca-Cola under the Pure Food and Drug Act
United States v. Oppenheimer 242 U.S. 85 (1916) doctrine of res judicata applies to criminal cases
American Well Works Co. v. Layne & Bowler Co. 241 U.S. 257 (1916) scope of federal question jurisdiction in patent law case
Caminetti v. United States 242 U.S. 470 (1917) Mann Act applies to consensual extramarital sex
Bunting v. Oregon 243 U.S. 426 (1917) Labor law, ten-hour workday
Adams v. Tanner 244 U.S. 590 (1917) Substantive due process, state's prohibition of employment agencies was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment
Buchanan v. Warley 245 U.S. 60 (1917) constitutionality of local ordinance compelling racial segregation of residential housing
Chicago Board of Trade v. United States 246 U.S. 231 (1918) Rules of a commodities exchange examined under rule of reason
Hammer v. Dagenhart 247 U.S. 251 (1918) Congressional power to regulate child labor under the Commerce Clause
International News Service v. Associated Press 248 U.S. 215 (1918) property rights in news
Schenck v. United States 249 U.S. 47 (1919) freedom of speech, “clear and present danger”, “shouting fire in a crowded theater
Debs v. United States 249 U.S. 211 (1919) sedition
Abrams v. United States 250 U.S. 616 (1919) validity of criminalizing criticism of the government
Silverthorne Lumber Co. v. United States 251 U.S. 385 (1920) Fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine in a tax evasion case
Eisner v. Macomber 252 U.S. 189 (1920) pro rata stock dividend not taxable income
Missouri v. Holland 252 U.S. 416 (1920) states’ rights
United States v. Wheeler 254 U.S. 281 (1920) Privileges and Immunities Clause and kidnapping
Smith v. Kansas City Title & Trust Co. 255 U.S. 180 (1921) federal question jurisdiction in state corporate law matter
Newberry v. United States 256 U.S. 232 (1921) Congress lacks the power to regulate primary elections
Dillon v. Gloss 256 U.S. 368 (1921) Constitutional amendment process