Dartmouth College v. Woodward

Dartmouth College v. Woodward

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  • In 1816 the state government of New Hampshire decided Dartmouth should be a public school and rewrote the schools charter
  • Dartmouth should be a public institution instead of being private
  • Absolutely Not, this is a private institution under a charter established by King George lll in which that it was to be a private, and not public school of higher education
  • The legislature of New Hampshire invalidated Dartmouth's charter to convert the school from a private to a public institution in the state court
  • Dartmouth refused to give up and brought the case to the Supreme Court
  • Dartmouth’s charter constituted a contract that New Hampshire had violated this contract in attempting to replace the original trustees
  • Also the charter is a contract so legally New Hampshire can not make Dartmouth public so the institution remains private
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