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Mississippi v. Johnson

Significance, The Case Against Johnson And The Reconstruction Act, The Court Says No, Salmon Portland Chase


State of Mississippi


Andrew Johnson, General Edward O. C. Ord

Plaintiff's Claim

That the Supreme Court should prevent President Andrew Johnson from carrying out the provisions of the Reconstruction Act of 1867.

Chief Lawyers for Plaintiff

W. L. Sharkey, R. J. Walker

Chief Defense Lawyer

Henry Stanberry, U.S. Attorney General

Justices for the Court

Salmon Portland Chase (writing for the Court), Nathan Clifford, David Davis, Stephen Johnson Field, Robert Cooper Grier, Samuel Freeman Miller, Samuel Nelson, Noah Haynes Swayne, James Moore Wayne

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

15 April 1867


Denied plaintiff's claim.

Related Cases

  • Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803).
  • Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866).
  • Nixon v. Fitzgerald, 457 U.S. 731 (1982).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998.

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