Dartmouth v. Woodward (1819)

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  • Dartmouth vs. Woodward (1819)
  • I grant this charter to Dartmouth College! This sets up its purpose, structure and land!
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE 1769
  • Dartmouth was established as a Private University
  • We at the State Legislature have revised the charter, changing Dartmouth into a public school now.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE 1816
  • Existing Dartmouth trustees did not like this
  • THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
  • The Supreme Court agreed with Dartmouth, for such act violated the Constitution which prevented a state from "impairing" a contract. The decision was 5-1.
  • Historians say the court's decision encourage business investments and growth.
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