Myers v. Anderson

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Myers v. Anderson
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Argued November 11 and 12, 1913
Decided June 21, 1915
Full case name Charles E. Myers and A. Claude Kalmey, Plffs. in Err., v. John B. Anderson; Charles E. Myers and A. Claude Kalmey, Plffs. in Err., v. William H. Howard; Charles E. Myers and A. Claude Kalmey, Plffs. in Err., v. Robert Brown
Citations 238 U.S. 368 (more)
182 F. 223 affirmed
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority White
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. XV

Myers v. Anderson 238 U.S. 368 (1915), was a United States Supreme Court decision that held Maryland state officials liable for civil damages for enforcing a grandfather clause. Grandfather clauses exempted voters from requirements such as poll taxes and literacy tests if their grandfathers had been registered voters, and were largely designed to disenfranchise former black slaves and their descendants.[1] Despite striking down the Maryland law as discriminatory, the court noted that economic discrimination in the form of property requirements should be presumed to be "free from constitutional objection."[2]

Myers was a companion case to Guinn v. United States (1915),[3] which struck down an Oklahoma grandfather clause that effectively exempted white voters from a literacy test, finding it to be discriminatory and a violation of the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mahoney, Dennis J. (January 1, 2000). "Guinn v. United States 238 U.S. 347 (1915)". Encyclopedia of the American Constitution.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Keyssar, Alexander. "The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States," Basic Books, 2000, p. 108.
  3. ^ 238 U.S. 347 (1915)

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  • Text of Myers v. Anderson, 238 U.S. 368 (1915) is available from:  Findlaw  Justia