Gibbons v. Ogden By: Clare Cotter 7 Hearts

Thomas Gibbons and Aaron Ogden were partners in trade by steamboat. Ogden had a license to travel on a certain steamboat route. New York's government gave Ogden this license.

Aaron Ogden

Gibbon's used Ogden's steamboat route, because he had a license from the national government. Congress gave him his license and Gibbons believed that Congress had power over all trade between states.

Ogden thought this was unfair and brought Gibbons to a court in New York.

The court ruled in favor of Ogden, so Gibbons appealed to another court. The ruling was the same. Gibbons finally appealed to the Supreme Court.
  • Gibbons's lawyers- William Wirt and Daniel Webster
  • Ogden's lawyers- Thomas Addis Emmet and Thomas J. Oakley

Ogden thought that state governments should control state trade. However, Gibbons believed that the national government had power over state trade. This was an important issue, because people had disagreed about it for a long time.

Statue of Chief Justice John Marshall

Chief Justice John Marshall was in charge of the court. To make a decision, he reviewed the Commerce Clause in the Constitution.

Marshall interpreted the Constitution. He said that it gave Congress the power to regulate state trade.

The case was argued February 4-9, 1824 and was decided on March 2, 1824.

John Marshall ruled in Gibbons' favor.

Congress now controlled trade between states. This had been a important national issue, but the Gibbons v. Ogden court case finally solved it.


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