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Edward Douglass White

Born: Nov 3, 1845

Death: May 19, 1921

Birthplace: Thibodaux

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Edward Douglass White

Date of Birth : Nov 3, 1845
Date of Death : May 19, 1921
Birth Place : Thibodaux

Edward Douglass White, Jr., American politician and jurist, was a United States senator, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the ninth Chief Justice of the United States, serving 1910-1921. He was best known for formulating the Rule of Reason standard of antitrust law. He sided with the Supreme Court majority in Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld the legality of state segregation to provide "separate but equal" public facilities in the United States, despite protections of the Fourteenth Amendment to equal treatment under the law. In one of several challenges to southern states' grandfather clauses, used to disfranchise black voters at the turn of the century, he wrote for a unanimous court in Guinn v. United States, which struck down many Southern states' grandfather clauses.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

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