Cole v. City of La Grange

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Cole v. La Grange
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Submitted December 8, 1884
Decided January 5, 1885
Full case name Cole v. City of La Grange
Citations 113 U.S. 1 (more)
5 S. Ct. 416; 28 L. Ed. 896; 1885 U.S. LEXIS 1645
Court membership
Chief Justice
Morrison Waite
Associate Justices
Samuel F. Miller · Stephen J. Field
Joseph P. Bradley · John M. Harlan
William B. Woods · T. Stanley Matthews
Horace Gray · Samuel Blatchford
Case opinions
Majority Gray, joined by unanimous

Cole v. La Grange, 113 U.S. 1 (1885), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the court ruled on eminent domain to benefit a private corporation.


The city of La Grange attempted to use eminent domain to condemn property for the benefit of La Grange Iron and Steel Company to expand that served no public benefit.


The Court held that the Missouri legislature could not authorize or any other city to issue bonds to assist corporations in their private business. The case was cited in the dissenting opinion of Justice Thomas in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005).

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