List of United States Supreme Court cases by the Waite 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 Morrison Waite (March 4, 1874 through March 23, 1888).

Case name Citation Summary
Totten v. United States 92 U.S. 105 (1875) jurisdiction over espionage agreements
United States v. Cruikshank 92 U.S. 542 (1875) application of the First and Second Amendments to the states
Munn v. Illinois 94 U.S. 113 (1876) corporations and agricultural regulation
Pennoyer v. Neff 95 U.S. 714 (1877) bases of personal jurisdiction over defendants
City of Elizabeth v. American Nicholson Pavement Co. 97 U.S. 126 (1878) experimental use exception to the on-sale bar in United States patent law
Reynolds v. United States 98 U.S. 145 (1878) polygamy and freedom of religion
Wilkerson v. Utah 99 U.S. 130 (1878) capital punishment
Trade-Mark Cases 100 U.S. 82 (1879) Copyright Clause does not give Congress the power to regulate trademarks
Baker v. Selden 101 U.S. 99 (1879) differences between copyright & patent law
Strauder v. West Virginia 100 U.S. 303 (1880) exclusion of blacks from juries
Springer v. United States 102 U.S. 586 (1881) constitutionality of income tax set up by the Revenue Act of 1864
Kilbourn v. Thompson 103 U.S. 168 (1880) limitations on Congressional investigations
Egbert v. Lippmann 104 U.S. 333 (1881) early case concerning the on-sale bar in patent law
Pace v. Alabama 106 U.S. 583 (1883) affirmed that Alabama's anti-miscegenation statute banning interracial marriage and interracial sex was not a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
United States v. Harris (the Ku Klux Case) 106 U.S. 629 (1883) No Congressional power to pass ordinary criminal statutes
Civil Rights Cases 109 U.S. 3 (1883) power of federal government to prohibit racial discrimination by private parties
Ex parte Crow Dog 109 U.S. 556 (1883) repeal of law dealing with Native American Indians requires express language by Congress
Hurtado v. California 110 U.S. 516 (1884) no requirement that states use a grand jury to indict a defendant in a murder prosecution
Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony 111 U.S. 53 (1884) copyrightability of photographs
New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Woodworth 111 U.S. 138 (1884) insurance law
Elk v. Wilkins 112 U.S. 94 (1884) citizenship of Native Americans
Head Money Cases 112 U.S. 580 (1884) treaties
Cole v. La Grange 113 U.S. 1 (1885) the court held that the Missouri legislature could not authorize a city to issue bonds to assist corporations in their private business.
Central Railroad & Banking Co. of Ga. v. Pettus 113 U.S. 116 (1885) An appeal regarding monies owed and a lein upon the roadbed, depots, side tracks, turnouts, trestles, and bridges owned and used by the appellants.
Avegno v. Schmidt 113 U.S. 293 (1885) title to mortgaged property confiscated by the U.S. government during the Civil War
Baylis v. Travellers' Ins. Co. 113 U.S. 316 (1885) right to trial by jury in a civil case
California Artificial Stone Paving Co. v. Molitor 113 U.S. 609 (1885) Patent infringement case on an improvement in concrete paving
Winona & St. Peter R. Co. v. Barney 113 U.S. 618 (1885) Public land grant for Railroad construction
Kansas Pacific R. Co. v. Dunmeyer 113 U.S. 629 (1885) Land ownership dispute
Schmieder v. Barney 113 U.S. 645 (1885) case regarding description of articles subject to duty
Camp v. United States 113 U.S. 648 (1885) case to recover an alleged balance due as compensation for collecting and delivering to the United States a large amount of cotton in bales which was captured and abandoned property
Maxwell's Executors v. Wilkinson 113 U.S. 656 (1885) writ of error brought by the executors of a former collector of the port of New York to reverse a judgment in an action brought against him by the defendant in error to recover duties paid by them on imported iron
Flagg v. Walker 113 U.S. 659 (1885) case where the deeds for several parcels of land were transferred from Flagg, who was in financial difficulty, to Walker in return for paying off Flagg's debts and profits from the sale against a mortgage for other property owned by Flagg.
Railroad Commission Cases 116 U.S. 307 (1886) contracts, police power, regulation of transport
Yick Wo v. Hopkins 118 U.S. 356 (1886) equal protection, racially neutral laws administered in a discriminatory manner
United States v. Kagama 118 U.S. 375 (1886) federal court jurisdiction over crimes committed on Indian reservations
Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad 118 U.S. 394 (1886) corporate personhood
Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway Company v. Illinois 118 U.S. 557 (1886) regulation of interstate commerce by individual states, creation of ICC
Ker v. Illinois 119 U.S. 436 (1886) legality of abduction of criminal suspect abroad
Runkle v. United States 122 U.S. 543 (1887) the president cannot delegate the power vested in him to pass finally upon the sentence when he is the only person to whom has been committed the judicial power of making a final determination
The Telephone Cases 126 U.S. 1 (1888) patent law

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