Stone v. Mississippi

PETITIONER: Stone
RESPONDENT: Mississippi
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Waite Court (1877-1880)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Mar 04, 1880 / Mar 05, 1880
DECIDED: May 10, 1880

Facts of the case

In 1867, the provisional state legislature of Mississippi chartered the Mississippi Agricultural, Educational, and Manufacturing Aid Society. The Society was chartered to run a lottery for the next 25 years; however, in 1868, a new constitution ratified by the people outlawed lotteries in the state. John Stone and others associated with the Society were arrested in 1874 for running a lottery. The Society claimed they were protected by the provisions of their charter while the state declared that the subsequent enforcement legislation had repealed the grant.

Question

Did Mississippi violate the Contract Clause by repealing the Society's grant?