Reynolds v. United States
Significance, Congress Strengthens The Anti-bigamy Law, The Supreme Court Destroys The Mormons' Hopes
The Morrill Act, which made practice of polygamy a crime, violated his First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
George W. Biddle and Ben Sheeks
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Charles Devens, U.S. Attorney General, and Samuel F. Phillips, U.S. Solicitor General
Justices for the Court
Joseph P. Bradley, Nathan Clifford, Stephen Johnson Field, John Marshall Harlan I, Ward Hunt, Samuel Freeman Miller, William Strong, Noah Haynes Swayne, Morrison Remick Waite (writing for the Court)
Date of Decision
5 May 1879
Polygamy was not protected by freedom of religion.
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