List of United States Supreme Court cases, volume 139

This is a list of cases reported in volume 139 of United States Reports, decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 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 139 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 139 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 139 U.S.Edit

Case Name Page and year Opinion of the Court Concurring opinion(s) Dissenting opinion(s) Lower Court Disposition
St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company v. Northern Pacific Railway Company 1 (1891) Field none none C.C.D. Minn. affirmed
St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway Company v. Greenalgh 19 (1891) Field none none C.C.D. Minn. affirmed
St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway Company v. Wenzel 23 (1891) Field none none C.C.D. Minn. affirmed
Central Transportation Company v. Pullman Palace Car Company 24 (1891) Gray none none C.C.E.D. Pa. affirmed
Pullman Palace Car Company v. Central Transportation Company 62 (1891) Gray none none C.C.E.D. Pa. reversed
Logan County National Bank v. Townsend 67 (1891) Harlan none none Ky. affirmed
Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad Company v. Pullman Southern Car Company 79 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.E.D. La. reversed
Clark v. Bever 96 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.S.D. Iowa affirmed
Fogg v. Blair 118 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.E.D. Mo. affirmed
Covington Stock Yards Company v. Keith 128 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.D. Ky. affirmed
Guaranty Trust and Safe Deposit Company v. Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railroad Company 137 (1891) Brown none none C.C.N.D. Fla. reversed
Stout v. Mastin 151 (1891) Brewer none Brown C.C.D. Kan. affirmed
Johnson v. Powers 156 (1891) Gray none Brown C.C.N.D.N.Y. affirmed
King v. Doane 166 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.D. Minn. affirmed
Stockmeyer v. Tobin 176 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.E.D. La. affirmed
Callan v. Bransford 197 (1891) Fuller none none Va. dismissed
Howard v. Stillwell and Bierce Manufacturing Company 199 (1891) Lamar none none C.C.N.D. Tex. affirmed
Bayne v. Wiggins 210 (1891) Gray none none C.C.W.D. Pa. affirmed
Northwestern Fuel Company v. Brock 216 (1891) Field Brewer none C.C.N.D. Iowa affirmed
British Queen Mining Company v. Baker Silver Mining Company 222 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.D. Colo. affirmed
St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway Company v. Commercial Union Insurance Company 223 (1891) Gray none none C.C.E.D. Ark. reversed
Manchester v. Massachusetts 240 (1891) Blatchford none none Mass. Super. Ct. affirmed
Etheridge v. Sperry 266 (1891) Brewer none none Iowa affirmed
United States v. Brewer 278 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.W.D. Tenn. certification
East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway Company v. Frazier 288 (1891) Brewer none none Tenn. affirmed
Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Company v. Skinner 293 (1891) Brown none none N.Y. Sup. Ct. dismissed
Mutual Reserve Fund Life Association v. Hamlin 297 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.D. Conn. affirmed
United States ex rel. Boynton v. Blaine 306 (1891) Fuller none none Sup. Ct. D.C. affirmed
Hoff v. Iron Clad Manufacturing Company 326 (1891) Brown none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
The Sydney 331 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. dismissed
Worthington v. Robbins 337 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.D. Mass. affirmed
Peake v. City of New Orleans 342 (1891) Brewer none Harlan C.C.E.D. La. affirmed
Timmons v. Elyton Land Company 378 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.N.D. Ala. reversed
Underwood v. Dugan 380 (1891) Brewer none none C.C.N.D. Tex. affirmed
Dolan v. Jennings 385 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. dismissed
Mellen v. Buckner 388 (1891) Bradley none none C.C.E.D. La. reversed
Handley v. Stutz 417 (1891) Brown none Fuller C.C.M.D. Tenn. reversed
Talbott v. Silver Bow County 438 (1891) Brewer none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Mont. affirmed
In re Duncan 449 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.W.D. Tex. affirmed
Leeper v. Texas 462 (1891) Fuller none none Tex. Civ. App. affirmed
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company v. Converse 469 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.D.N.J. affirmed
Snyder v. Fiedler 478 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.D. Mass. affirmed
Electric Gas Lighting Company v. Boston Electric Company 481 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.D. Mass. affirmed
Electric Gas Lighting Company v. Tillotson 503 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.D. Mass. affirmed
In re Manning 504 (1891) Gray none none Wis. affirmed
Davis's Administrator v. Wiebbold 507 (1891) Field none none Sup. Ct. Terr. Mont. reversed
Union Edge Setter Company v. Keith 530 (1891) Brown none none C.C.D. Mass. affirmed
Brown Chemical Company v. Meyer Brothers and Company 540 (1891) Brown none none C.C.E.D. Mo. affirmed
In re Ingalls 548 (1891) per curiam none none not indicated dismissed
Fowler v. Hamill 549 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. dismissed
Inland Seaboard Coasting Company v. Tolson 551 (1891) Gray none none Sup. Ct. D.C. affirmed
Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad Company v. United States 560 (1891) Harlan none none Ct. Cl. affirmed
Interstate Land Company v. Maxwell Land Grant Company 569 (1891) Lamar none none C.C.D. Colo. affirmed
Shelton v. Platt 591 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.E.D. Tenn. reversed
Western Electric Company v. La Rue 601 (1891) Brown none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Seeberger v. Farwell and Company 608 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.N.D. Ill. affirmed
Magone v. Luckemeyer 612 (1891) Blatchford none Brown C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
Wilson v. Everett 616 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.D. Colo. affirmed
Natal v. Louisiana 621 (1891) Gray none none La. affirmed
Mason v. Robertson 624 (1891) Gray none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. reversed
Bock v. Perkins 628 (1891) Harlan none none C.C.N.D. Iowa affirmed
Sanford v. Sanford 642 (1891) Field none none Or. affirmed
Davis v. Texas 651 (1891) Fuller none none Tex. Civ. App. dismissed
Allen v. Pullman's Palace Car Company 658 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.M.D. Tenn. reversed
Bybee v. Oregon and California Railroad Company 663 (1891) Brown none none C.C.D. Or. affirmed
Boone County v. Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Company 684 (1891) Blatchford none none C.C.D. Neb. affirmed
Redfield v. Bartels 694 (1891) Fuller none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. reversed

Notes and referencesEdit

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

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