Supreme Court Case Of Dartmouth College V. Woodward In 1819

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Daniel Webster was very influential defending the constitution in supreme court cases dealing with, rights of corporations, power of taxation, and interstate commerce.
Daniel Webster upheld the constitutional corporate laws in the case of Dartmouth College v. Woodward in 1819. Dartmouth College, which originated from a charter granted by King George III of England in 1769, was taken over by the New Hampshire legislature by passing laws that revised the charter from a private to a public corporation. College trustees disputed the laws imposed by the state of New Hampshire that made the private school into a public corporation. To defend their constitutional rights, they sought out Dartmouth Alumni Daniel Webster for legal counsel. In defense of Dartmouth College and the …show more content…

Maryland. In 1816, to manage war debt and inflation, Congress chartered a branch of the U.S. bank in Baltimore, Maryland. In February 1818, Maryland targeted the second Bank of the U.S. by passing a law that directly taxed any bank that was not chartered by the state. James W. McCulloch, head of the Baltimore branch refused to pay the tax imposed on them by the state and thus resulting in Maryland suing the Bank. Daniel Webster argued on behalf of McCulloch that the bank was a necessary and proper way for Congress to conduct the financial affairs of the country (site). and the state had no right to tax. Daniel Webster stated in the case, “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,” (Wheeler 1905). The decision of Supreme Court was in favor of McCulloch because the bank was created lawfully under the constitution as a function of national government. Moreover, state may impede the federal government and thus Maryland Law that directly taxed the U.S. Bank unconstitutionally interfered with the congressional

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