Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Hydroelectricity, Public Utilities
At the turn of the 20th century, the State of Maryland witnessed an increase in the demand for hydroelectricity. Several public utility companies raced to construct a hydroelectric facility on the Susquehanna River, by which they could distribute electricity to Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Wilmington. This case study examines the use of eminent domain by one such company, the Susquehanna Pole Line Company of Harford County, for the purpose of erecting a continuous transmission line, originating at McCall’s Ferry Dam, the first hydroelectric facility built on the Susquehanna River. This project was subsequently challenged by Harford County residents, whose property the company sought to condemn.
Constitutional Law | Law | Legal History
Digital Commons Citation
Leonhardt, Alyssa E., "Case Study: Webster v. Susquehanna Pole Line Company of Harford County (1910)" (2015). Legal History Publications. 60.