Minor v. Happersett
Significance, The "new Departure", A Constitutional Approach, All Or Nothing, The Fourteenth Amendment
Virginia Minor (with Francis Minor, her husband, as required by Missouri law, which did not permit married women to bring suit on their own)
That Virginia Minor's constitutional rights were violated by Happersett's refusal to register her to vote in the election of 1872.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Francis Minor, John M. Rum, John B. Henderson
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
No opposing counsel
Justices for the Court
Joseph P. Bradley, Nathan Clifford, David Davis, Stephen Johnson Field, Ward Hunt, Samuel Freeman Miller, William Strong, Noah Haynes Swayne, Morrison Remick Waite (writing for the Court)
Date of Decision
29 March 1875
The Fourteenth Amendment did not guarantee Virginia Minor's right to vote, although she was found to be a citizen of the United States.
- Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 293 (1857).
- Slaughterhouse Cases, 16 U.S. 36 (1873).
- U.S. v. Susan B. Anthony 24 F.Cas. 829 (1873).
West's Encyclopedia of American Law. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998.
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