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United States v. Gettysburg Electric Railway Co.

United States Supreme Court
160 U.S. 668 (1896)


Facts

In the nineteenth century, the United States (plaintiff) increased the amount of public lands that it retained. The United States also reserved lands for broader purposes during this period of time. The United States attempted to condemn and acquire land owned by the Gettysburg Electric Railway Company (railroad) (defendant) in order to expand Gettysburg National Military Park. The federal circuit court found in favor of the railroad. The United States Supreme Court granted a writ of error.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Peckman, J.)

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