28 Facts About Morrison Waite


Morrison Remick "Mott" Waite was an American attorney, jurist, and politician from Ohio.

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Morrison Waite served as the seventh chief justice of the United States from 1874 until his death in 1888.

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Morrison Waite served as a counsel in the Alabama Claims and presided over the 1873 Ohio constitutional convention.

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The nomination of the relatively obscure Morrison Waite was poorly received by some prominent politicians, but the Senate unanimously confirmed Morrison Waite and he took office in March 1874.

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Morrison Waite served on the court until his death of pneumonia in 1888.

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Morrison Waite did not emerge as an important intellectual force on the Supreme Court, but he was well regarded as an administrator and conciliator.

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Morrison Waite sought a balance between federal and state power and joined with most other Justices in narrowly interpreting the Reconstruction Amendments.

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Morrison Waite helped establish the legal concept of corporate personhood in the United States.

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Morrison Remick Waite was born on November 29,1816, at Lyme, Connecticut, the son of Henry Matson Waite, an attorney, and his wife Maria Selden.

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Morrison Waite had a brother Richard, with whom he later practiced law.

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Morrison Waite attended Bacon Academy in Colchester, Connecticut, where one of his classmates was Lyman Trumbull.

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Morrison Waite graduated from Yale University in 1837 in a class with Samuel J Tilden, who later was the 1876 Democratic presidential nominee.

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Morrison Waite was admitted to the bar in 1839, and went into practice with his mentor.

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Morrison Waite married Amelia Champlin Warner on September 21,1840 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Morrison Waite soon came to be recognized as a leader of the state bar.

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When Young retired in 1856, Morrison Waite built a prosperous new firm with his brother Richard Morrison Waite.

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Morrison Waite made two unsuccessful bids for the United States Senate, and was offered a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.

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In 1871, Waite received an invitation to represent the United States as counsel before the Alabama Tribunal at Geneva.

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However, Morrison Waite demonstrated an ability to get his brethren to reach decisions and write opinions without delay.

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Morrison Waite believed that white moderates should set the rules of racial relations in the South.

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In Minor v Happersett, using the restricted definition of national citizenship and the 14th Amendment as set forth in the Slaughterhouse Cases, Waite upheld the states' right to deny women the franchise.

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Nonetheless, Morrison Waite sympathized with the women's rights movement and supported the admission of women to the Supreme Court bar.

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Morrison Waite's claim, in part, was that because a railroad was a 'person' under the Constitution, local governments couldn't 'discriminate' against it by having different laws and taxes in different places.

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Hence this dictum in the headnote and the Morrison Waite reply changed the course of history and how corporations came to have the legal rights of a human person.

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Morrison Waite's condition had been treated as confidential, in part to avoid alarming his wife who was in California.

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Mrs Morrison Waite traveled by train from California, arriving just in time for the funeral.

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Morrison Waite, who had financial difficulties during his service as Chief Justice, left a very small estate that was insufficient to support his widow and daughters.

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Morrison Waite did not confine the constitution within the limits of his own experience.

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