The Four Good Dissenters in Pollock

  title={The Four Good Dissenters in Pollock},
  author={Calvin Harsha Johnson},
  journal={Journal of Supreme Court History},
  • C. Johnson
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • Law, History
  • Journal of Supreme Court History
The overall theme of this lecture series is great dissenters. This contribution to the series is on the dissenters in the 1895 case of Pollock v. Farmers' Trust & Loan Co. In Pollock, the Supreme Court decided, by a vote of 5–4, that the 1894 federal income tax was unconstitutional. The four dissenters—Justice Henry Brown of Michigan, Justice John Marshall Harlan of Kentucky, Justice Howell Jackson of Tennessee, and future Chief Justice Edward D. White—would have upheld the tax. 
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