NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO. ET AL.
Supreme Court of United States.https://leagle.com/images/logo.png
Argued January 7-8, 1958.
Decided March 10, 1958.
Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
M. L. Countryman, Jr. argued the cause for appellants. With him on the brief was Dean H. Eastman.
Daniel M. Friedman argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Rankin, Assistant Attorney General Hansen, Henry Geller, Margaret H. Brass and W. Louise Florencourt.
Supreme Court of United States.
MR. JUSTICE BLACK delivered the opinion of the Court.
In 1864 and 1870 Congress granted the predecessor of the Northern Pacific Railway Company approximately forty million acres of land in several Northwestern States and Territories to facilitate its construction of a railroad line from Lake Superior to Puget Sound.1 In general terms, this grant consisted of every alternate section of land in a...
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