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Milwaukee Chicago and St. Paul Railway Company v. the State of Minnesota

Significance, States' Rights Versus Commercial Rights, Impact, Related Cases, "our Overworked Supreme Court"


The Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company


State of Minnesota ex rel. the Railroad and Warehouse Commission of the State of Minnesota

Plaintiff's Claim

The state of Minnesota wrongly granted power to the Warehouse and Railroad Commission to limit charges on behalf of freight carriers in the state.

Chief Lawyers for Plaintiff

John W. Cary, W. C. Goudy, J. H. Howe, W. H. Norris

Chief Defense Lawyers

Moses E. Clapp, H. W. Childs

Justices for the Court

Samuel Blatchford (writing for the Court), David Josiah Brewer, Stephen Johnson Field, Melville Weston Fuller, John Marshall Harlan I, Samuel Freeman Miller

Justices Dissenting

Joseph P. Bradley, Horace Gray, Lucius Quintus C. Lamar


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 March 1890


The U.S Supreme Court reversed the writ of mandamus issued by the Supreme Court of Minnesota, and remanded the case back to the lower court for further proceedings because the lower court denied the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company due process of law.


"Federal Judiciary (Library of Congress Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide)."


Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

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