scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 647
The Proprietors of the Charles River Bridge Company erected the Charles River Bridge in 1785 It was used to link Charleston to Boston A toll charge was placed on the bridge for forty years under the corporation charter issued by the state of Massachusetts The bridge opened on June 17 1786 In 1792 the toll was extended to seventy years At the end of the seventy years the bridge would belong to the commonwealth The state issued another corporation a charter in 1828 to build a bridge that would only have a toll until the proprietors broke even or made a slight profit called the Warren River Bridge The Warren River Bridge was adjacent to the pre-existing Charles River Bridge The new charter outraged the Charles River Bridge Proprietors because they felt that it was taking away their business and infringing on their rights under the contract clause The Charles River Bridge Proprietors sued the Warren River Bridge They argued that the new Warren Bridge charter impaired the obligation of the contract in vested property rights This meaning that the Charles River Bridge Proprietors felt that they owned the property surrounding the bridge and that their right to the property was being taken away without due process The Warren River Bridge Proprietors argued that the toll bridge charter did not grant exclusive rights to the Charles River Bridge The contract clause played a major role in the court decision in this case Article I Section 10 of the Constitution states that No state shall pass any bill of attainder ex post facto law or law impairing the obligation of contracts Another issue that arises in this case was what rights the states should have The Supreme Court decided that the Warren River Bridge charter did not violate the contract clause They also stated that the Warren Bridge did not interrupt the passage over the Charles Bridge nor did it make the way to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA