Power to Charter Corporations

In addition to the creation of banks, Congress has been held to have authority to charter a railroad corporation,1874 or a corporation to construct an interstate bridge,1875 as instrumentalities for promoting commerce among the states, and to create corporations to manufacture aircraft1876 or merchant vessels1877 as incidental to the war power.


Pacific R.R. Removal Cases, 115 U.S. 1 (1885); California v. Pacific R.R., 127 U.S. 1, 39 (1888). [Back to text]
Luxton v. North River Bridge Co., 153 U.S. 525 (1894). [Back to text]
Clallam County v. United States, 263 U.S. 341 (1923). [Back to text]
Sloan Shipyards v. United States Fleet Corp., 258 U.S. 549 (1922). [Back to text]