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List of United States Supreme Court cases by the Waite Court

This is a partial chronological list of cases decided by the United States Supreme Court decided during the Waite Court, the tenure of Chief Justice Morrison Waite from March 4, 1874 through March 23, 1888.

Case name Citation Summary
Totten v. United States 92 U.S. 105 (1875) jurisdiction over espionage agreements
Rubber-Tip Pencil Co. v. Howard 87 U.S. 498 (1874)
Murdock v. City of Memphis 87 U.S. 590 (1875)
Minor v. Happersett 88 U.S. 162 (1875) Fourteenth Amendment and the right to vote
Kohl v. United States 91 U.S. 367 (1875)
Phillips v. Payne 92 U.S. 105 (1875)
United States v. Reese 92 U.S. 214 (1876)
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
Cochrane v. Deener 94 U.S. 780 (1876)
Mobile Life Insurance Co. v. Brame 95 U.S. 754 (1877)
Pennoyer v. Neff 95 U.S. 714 (1877) bases of personal jurisdiction over defendants
Davidson v. City of New Orleans 96 U.S. 97 (1878)
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)
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
United States v. McBratney 104 U.S. 621 (1881)
United States v. Lee 106 U.S. 196 (1882)
Ex parte Curtis 106 U.S. 371 (1882)
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
Kellogg Bridge Co. v. Hamilton 110 U.S. 108 (1884)
Juilliard v. Greenman 110 U.S. 421 (1884)
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.
Head v. Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. 113 U.S. 9 (1885)
Barbier v. Connolly 113 U.S. 27 (1885)
Liverpool, New York & Philadelphia Steamship Co. v. Commissioners of Emigration 113 U.S. 33 (1885)
Davison v. Von Lingen 113 U.S. 40 (1885)
Drennen v. London Assurance Co. 113 U.S. 51 (1885)
Hollister v. Benedict & Burnham Manufacturing Co. 113 U.S. 59 (1885)
Hess v. Reynolds 113 U.S. 73 (1885)
Polleys v. Black River Improvement Co. 113 U.S. 81 (1885)
Pullman Palace Car Co. v. Speck 113 U.S. 84 (1885)
Griffith v. Godey 113 U.S. 89 (1885)
Rowell v. Lindsay 113 U.S. 97 (1885)
Findlay v. McAllister 113 U.S. 104 (1885)
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.
Steele v. United States 113 U.S. 128 (1885)
Clawson v. United States 113 U.S. 143 (1885)
Bicknell v. Comstock 113 U.S. 149 (1885)
United States v. Mueller 113 U.S. 153 (1885)
Consolidated Safety-Valve Co. v. Crosby Steam Gauge & Valve Co. 113 U.S. 157 (1885)
Bryan v. Kennett 113 U.S. 179 (1885)
Northern Liberty Market Co. v. Kelly 113 U.S. 199 (1885)
Tucker v. Masser 113 U.S. 203 (1885)
Cardwell v. American Bridge Co. 113 U.S. 205 (1885)
Voss v. Fisher 113 U.S. 213 (1885)
Price v. Pennsylvania Railroad Co. 113 U.S. 218 (1885)
Dakota County v. Glidden 113 U.S. 222 (1885)
Caillot v. Deetken 113 U.S. 215 (1885)
Cheong Ah Moy v. United States 113 U.S. 216 (1885)
Anderson County Commissioners v. Beal 113 U.S. 227 (1885)
Harvey v. United States 113 U.S. 243 (1885)
Central Railroad Co. of New Jersey v. Mills 113 U.S. 249 (1885)
Presser v. Illinois 116 U.S. 252 (1886)
Looney v. District of Columbia 113 U.S. 258 (1885)
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Co. v. United States 113 U.S. 261 (1885)
Coon v. Wilson 113 U.S. 268 (1885)
Spaids v. Cooley 113 U.S. 278 (1885)
Sully v. Drennan 113 U.S. 287 (1885)
Avegno v. Schmidt 113 U.S. 293 (1885) title to mortgaged property confiscated by the U.S. government during the Civil War
Stone v. Chisolm 113 U.S. 302 (1885)
Thornley v. United States 113 U.S. 310 (1885)
Baylis v. Travellers' Ins. Co. 113 U.S. 316 (1885) right to trial by jury in a civil case
Pneumatic Gas Co. v. Berry 113 U.S. 322 (1885)
Ex parte Bigelow 113 U.S. 328 (1885)
City of Quincy v. Jackson 113 U.S. 332 (1885)
Town of Santa Anna v. Frank 113 U.S. 339 (1885)
McArthur v. Scott 113 U.S. 340 (1885)
Cannon v. United States 118 U.S. 355 (1885)
Hyatt v. Vincennes National Bank 113 U.S. 408 (1885)
United States v. Jordan 113 U.S. 418 (1885)
Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co. v. Crane 113 U.S. 424 (1885)
Prentice v. Stearns 113 U.S. 435 (1885)
Morgan v. Hamlet 113 U.S. 449 (1885)
Chase v. Curtis 113 U.S. 452 (1885)
St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway Co. v. Berry 113 U.S. 465 (1885)
Morgan v. United States 113 U.S. 476 (1885)
Provident Institution for Savings v. Mayor of Jersey City 113 U.S. 506 (1885)
Union Pacific Railway Co. v. Cheyenne 113 U.S. 516 (1885)
Erhardt v. Boaro, (113 U.S. 527) 113 U.S. 527 (1885)
Erhardt v. Boaro, (113 U.S. 537) 113 U.S. 537 (1885)
Richards v. Mackall 113 U.S. 539 (1885)
Peugh v. Davis 113 U.S. 542 (1885)
Gumbel v. Pitkin 113 U.S. 545 (1885)
Fussell v. Gregg 113 U.S. 550 (1885)
City of St. Louis v. Myers 113 U.S. 566 (1885)
Brown v. United States 113 U.S. 568 (1885)
Chicago Life Insurance Co. v. Needles 113 U.S. 574 (1885)
Pearce v. Ham 113 U.S. 585 (1885)
Ayers v. Watson 113 U.S. 594 (1885)
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.
Blake v. City and County of San Francisco 113 U.S. 679 (1885)
Fourth National Bank of St. Louis v. Stout 113 U.S. 684 (1885)
Boyer v. Boyer 113 U.S. 689 (1885)
Soon Hing v. Crowley 113 U.S. 703 (1885)
United States v. Indianapolis & St. Louis Railroad Co. 113 U.S. 711 (1885)
Ex parte Fisk 113 U.S. 713 (1885)
Cooper Manufacturing Co. v. Ferguson 113 U.S. 727 (1885)
Carter v. Burr 113 U.S. 737 (1885)
Gregory v. Hartley 113 U.S. 742 (1885)
United States v. Steever 113 U.S. 747 (1885)
Hardin v. Boyd 113 U.S. 756 (1885)
Railroad Commission Cases 116 U.S. 307 (1886) contracts, police power, regulation of transport
Boyd v. United States 116 U.S. 616 (1886)
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
Ex parte Bain 121 U.S. 1 (1887)
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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