Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward
Significance, Further Readings
State of New Hampshire
That the action of the state of New Hampshire reconstituting the charter of Dartmouth College as Dartmouth University and appointing a new board of trustees was a violation of the constitutional protection against actions impairing contracts.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
Joseph Hopkinson for old trustees; John Holmes and William Wirt, for State of New Hampshire
Justices for the Court
William Johnson, Henry Brockholst Livingston, John Marshall (writing for the Court), Joseph Story, Bushrod Washington
Gabriel Duvall (Thomas Todd did not participate)
Date of Decision
12 March 1818
That the state could not alter the charter of a private educational institution as it was a contract.
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