Gibbons v. Ogden

(1824)

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The U.S. Supreme Court case Gibbons v. Ogden (1824), often referred to as the Steamboat Monopoly Case, represented the first Supreme Court case to tackle the thorny issue of interstate commerce and upheld the right of Congress to regulate travel between state lines. Gibbons v. Ogden is consistently ranked by historians as one of the most important landmark decisions in American jurisprudence. The case originated with the development of steam travel in New York. In 1798 the state...