Johnson v. M'Intosh
United States Supreme Court
21 U.S. 543 (1823)
Joshua Johnson’s (plaintiff) father was one of a group of men granted a tract of land by the Piankeshaw Indians, who were living on the land, prior to the American Revolution in exchange for a sum of money. After the Declaration of Independence, the county of Illinois, in which the land was located, was created by the State of Virginia. The Virginia delegates to Congress then conveyed the land to the United States government. About 35 years later, the United States government sold a portion of the land to William M’Intosh (defendant). Johnson brought this action to eject M’Intosh from the land.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)
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