List of United States Supreme Court cases, volume 137

This is a list of cases reported in volume 137 of United States Reports, decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1890 and 1891.

Supreme Court of the United States
Seal of the United States Supreme Court.svg
EstablishedMarch 4, 1789; 233 years ago (1789-03-04)
LocationWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°53′26″N 77°00′16″W / 38.89056°N 77.00444°W / 38.89056; -77.00444Coordinates: 38°53′26″N 77°00′16″W / 38.89056°N 77.00444°W / 38.89056; -77.00444
Composition methodPresidential nomination with Senate confirmation
Authorized byConstitution of the United States, Art. III, § 1
Judge term lengthlife tenure, subject to impeachment and removal
Number of positions9 (by statute)
Websitesupremecourt.gov

Justices of the Supreme Court at the time of volume 137 U.S.Edit

The Supreme Court is established by Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States, which says: "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court . . .". The size of the Court is not specified; the Constitution leaves it to Congress to set the number of justices. Under the Judiciary Act of 1789 Congress originally fixed the number of justices at six (one chief justice and five associate justices).[1] Since 1789 Congress has varied the size of the Court from six to seven, nine, ten, and back to nine justices (always including one chief justice).

When the cases in volume 137 U.S. were decided the Court comprised the following nine members:

Portrait Justice Office Home State Succeeded Date confirmed by the Senate
(Vote)
Tenure on Supreme Court
  Melville Fuller Chief Justice Illinois Morrison Waite July 20, 1888
(41–20)
October 8, 1888

July 4, 1910
(Died)
  Stephen Johnson Field Associate Justice California newly-created seat March 10, 1863
(Acclamation)
May 10, 1863

December 1, 1897
(Retired)
  Joseph P. Bradley Associate Justice New Jersey newly-created seat March 21, 1870
(46–9)
March 23, 1870

January 22, 1892
(Died)
  John Marshall Harlan Associate Justice Kentucky David Davis November 29, 1877
(Acclamation)
December 10, 1877

October 14, 1911
(Died)
  Horace Gray Associate Justice Massachusetts Nathan Clifford December 20, 1881
(51–5)
January 9, 1882

September 15, 1902
(Died)
  Samuel Blatchford Associate Justice New York Ward Hunt March 22, 1882
(Acclamation)
April 3, 1882

July 7, 1893
(Died)
  Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar Associate Justice Mississippi William Burnham Woods January 16, 1888
(32–28)
January 18, 1888

January 23, 1893
(Died)
  David Josiah Brewer Associate Justice Kansas Stanley Matthews December 18, 1889
(53–11)
January 6, 1890

March 28, 1910
(Died)
  Henry Billings Brown Associate Justice Michigan Samuel Freeman Miller December 29, 1890
(Acclamation)
January 5, 1891

May 28, 1906
(Retired)

Citation styleEdit

Under the Judiciary Act of 1789 the federal court structure at the time comprised District Courts, which had general trial jurisdiction; Circuit Courts, which had mixed trial and appellate (from the US District Courts) jurisdiction; and the United States Supreme Court, which had appellate jurisdiction over the federal District and Circuit courts—and for certain issues over state courts. The Supreme Court also had limited original jurisdiction (i.e., in which cases could be filed directly with the Supreme Court without first having been heard by a lower federal or state court). There were one or more federal District Courts and/or Circuit Courts in each state, territory, or other geographical region.

The Judiciary Act of 1891 created the United States Courts of Appeals and reassigned the jurisdiction of most routine appeals from the district and circuit courts to these appellate courts. The Act created nine new courts that were originally known as the "United States Circuit Courts of Appeals." The new courts had jurisdiction over most appeals of lower court decisions. The Supreme Court could review either legal issues that a court of appeals certified or decisions of court of appeals by writ of certiorari. The change resulted in an immediate reduction in the Supreme Court's workload (from 623 cases filed in 1890 to 379 in 1891 and 275 in 1892).

Bluebook citation style is used for case names, citations, and jurisdictions.

List of cases in volume 137 U.S.Edit

Case Name Page & year Opinion of the Court Concurring opinion(s) Dissenting opinion(s) Lower Court Disposition
The Max Morris 1 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
York v. Texas 15 (1890) Brewer none none Tex. affirmed
Butler v. Steckel 21 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.N.D. Ill. affirmed
Hostetter v. Park 30 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.W.D. Pa. affirmed
Dable G.S. Co. v. Flint 41 (1890) Gray none none C.C.N.D. Ill. affirmed
Harding v. Woodcock 43 (1890) Field none none C.C.M.D. Tenn. affirmed
Texas et al. Ry. Co. v. Southern P. Co. 48 (1890) Fuller none none La. affirmed
Shenfield v. Nashawannuck Mfg. Co. 56 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Fishburn v. Chicago et al. Ry. Co. 60 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.W.D. Wis. affirmed
La Confiance Compagnie v. Hall 61 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.E.D. Mo. reversed
Washington M. Co. v. District of Columbia 62 (1890) per curiam none none Sup. Ct. D.C. dismissed
In re Huntington 63 (1890) per curiam none none C.C.D. Colo. habeas corpus denied
Florsheim v. Schilling 64 (1890) Lamar none none C.C.N.D. Ill. affirmed
Hennessy v. Bacon 78 (1890) Harlan none none C.C.D. Minn. affirmed
Crowley v. Christensen 86 (1890) Field none none C.C.N.D. Cal. reversed
Seeberger v. Cahn 95 (1890) Gray none none C.C.N.D. Ill. affirmed
Fitzgerald & M.C. Co. v. Fitzgerald 98 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.D. Neb. affirmed
Williams v. United States 113 (1890) Blatchford none none Ct. Cl. affirmed
Lawrence v. Rector 139 (1890) Brewer none none C.C.E.D. Ark. decree modified
Gurnee v. Patrick Cnty. 141 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.W.D. Va. dismissed
The S.S. Haverton 145 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.E.D. La. dismissed
United States v. Grimley 147 (1890) Brewer none none C.C.D. Mass. reversed
In re Morrissey 157 (1890) Brewer none none C.C.E.D. Mo. affirmed
United States v. Trinidad C. & C. Co. 160 (1890) Harlan none none C.C.D. Colo. reversed
Morgan's et al. Co. v. Texas C. Ry. Co. 171 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.N.D. Tex. affirmed
Jones v. United States 202 (1890) Gray none none C.C.D. Md. affirmed
Falk v. Robertson 225 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Fourth Nat'l Bank v. American M. Co. 234 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
French v. Carter 239 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Wheeler v. Jackson 245 (1890) Harlan none none Sup Ct. N.Y. affirmed
Dobson v. Lees 258 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.E.D. Pa. affirmed
MacFarland v. Jackson 258 (1890) Harlan none none Sup Ct. N.Y. affirmed
Broom v. Armstrong 266 (1890) Lamar none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Utah affirmed
United States v. Lynch 280 (1890) Fuller none none Sup. Ct. D.C. dismissed
Grover et al. Co. v. Radcliffe 287 (1890) Fuller none none Md. affirmed
Johnson v. Risk 300 (1890) Fuller none none Tenn. dismissed
C.A. Auffmordt & Co. v. Hedden 310 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
The Nacoochee 330 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. reversed
Solomons v. United States 342 (1890) Brewer none none Ct. Cl. affirmed
Montana Ry. Co. v. Warren 348 (1890) Brewer none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Mont. affirmed
Central Nat'l Bank v. United States 355 (1890) Harlan none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Handley v. Stutz 366 (1890) Gray none none C.C.M.D. Tenn. dismissal denied
Hamilton v. Home Ins. Co. 370 (1890) Gray none none C.C.S.D. Ohio reversed
The Propeller Burlington 386 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.E.D. Mich. affirmed
In re Lancaster 393 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.S.D. Ga. habeas corpus denied
Fond du Lac Cnty. v. May 395 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.E.D. Wis. reversed
May v. Juneau Cnty. 408 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.W.D. Wis. affirmed
Union et al. Bank v. Gillespie 411 (1890) Brewer none none C.C.N.D. Ill. affirmed
Busell T. Co. v. Stevens 423 (1890) Lamar none none C.C.D. Mass. affirmed
Robertson v. Oelschlaeger 436 (1890) Bradley none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Texas et al. Co. v. Scott 436 (1890) per curiam none none C.C.W.D. Tex. dismissed
New York et al. Co. v. New Jersey et al. Co. 445 (1890) Bradley none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. reversed
In re Pennsylvania Co. 451 (1890) Bradley none none C.C.D. Conn. mandamus denied
Ex parte Pennsylvania Co. 457 (1890) Bradley none none C.C.D. Conn. mandamus denied
Bass v. Taft 458 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.D. Ky. reversed
Hoffman et al. Co. v. Overbey 465 (1890) Harlan none none C.C.W.D. Va. affirmed
Bank of B.N.A. v. Cooper 473 (1890) Brewer none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Ambler v. Eppinger 480 (1890) Field none none C.C.N.D. Fla. affirmed
Holden v. Minnesota 483 (1890) Harlan none none C.C.D. Minn. affirmed
Bassett v. United States 496 (1890) Brewer none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Utah reversed
Chicago et al. Ry. Co. v. Artery 507 (1890) Blatchford none none C.C.N.D. Iowa reversed
Wellford v. Snyder 521 (1890) Gray none none Sup. Ct. D.C. affirmed
St. Paul et al. Ry. Co. v. Phelps 528 (1890) Lamar none none C.C.D. Minn. reversed
Merritt v. Cameron & Co. 542 (1890) Lamar none Brewer C.C.S.D.N.Y. reversed
Cadwalader v. Partridge 553 (1890) Lamar none none C.C.E.D. Pa. reversed
Mackall v. Casilear 556 (1890) Fuller none none Sup. Ct. D.C. affirmed
Baltimore & P.R.R. Co. v. Fifth B.C. 568 (1891) Gray none none Sup. Ct. D.C. affirmed
Lloyd v. McWilliams 576 (1890) Fuller none none C.C.D.R.I. affirmed
Smith v. Gale 577 (1891) Fuller none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Dakota dismissal denied
Sire v. Ellithorpe A.B. Co. 579 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Ayers v. Watson 584 (1891) Bradley none none C.C.N.D. Tex. affirmed
Preston v. Prather 604 (1891) Field none none C.C.N.D. Ill. affirmed
Green v. Elbert 615 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.D. Colo. dismissed
In re Converse 624 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.E.D. Mich. affirmed
Red River C. Co. v. Needham 632 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.N.D. Tex. dismissed
United States ex rel. Redfield v. Windom 636 (1891) Lamar none none Sup. Ct. D.C. affirmed
Duncan v. Navassa P. Co. 647 (1891) Gray none none C.C.D. Md. affirmed
Egan v. Clasbey 654 (1891) Lamar none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Utah affirmed
Packer v. Bird 661 (1891) Field none none Cal. affirmed
United States v. Page 673 (1891) Fuller none none Ct. Cl. reversed
Cope v. Cope 682 (1891) Brown none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Utah reversed
Massachusetts B. Ass'n v. Miles 689 (1891) Brown none none C.C.E.D. Pa. dismissal denied
Caldwell v. Texas 692 (1891) Fuller none none Tex. Civ. App. dismissed

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Supreme Court Research Guide". Georgetown Law Library. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

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