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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