Munn v. Illinois

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Munn v. Illinois
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Argued January 14–18, 1870
Decided March 1, 1877
Full case name Munn v. State of Illinois
Citations 94 U.S. 113 (more)
24 L. Ed. 77; 1876 U.S. LEXIS 1842; 4 Otto 113
The Fourteenth Amendment does not prevent the State of Illinois from regulating charges for use of a business' grain elevators.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Waite, joined by Clifford, Swayne, Miller, Davis, Bradley, Hunt
Dissent Field, joined by Strong
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. XIV

Munn v. Illinois, 94 U.S. 113 (1877),[1] was a United States Supreme Court case dealing with corporate rates and agriculture. The Munn case allowed states to regulate certain businesses within their borders, including railroads, and is commonly regarded as a milestone in the growth of federal government regulation.[citation needed] Munn was one of six cases, the so-called Granger cases, all decided in the United States Supreme Court during the same term, all bearing on the same point, and all decided on the same principles.[2]


  1. ^ Text of Munn v. Illinois, 94 U.S. 113 (1876) is available from:  Findlaw  Justia 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Granger Cases". Encyclopedia Americana. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kitch, Edmund W.; Bowler, Clara Ann (1978). "The Facts of Munn v. Illinois". Supreme Court Review 1978: 313–343. JSTOR 3109535. 

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