Martin v. Hunter's Lessee was an 1816 case brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in which the court ordered a state, Virginia, to follow its decrees. In the early years of the republic, during which the fledgling national government was struggling to assert its authority over the established state governments, this case was one of a few seen as having decisive legal authority toward stabilizing the relationship between the federal and state governments in a manner consistent with federal superiority. This case began when a ...

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