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Worcester v. Georgia

Decision, Significance, John Ross, Further Readings


Samuel A. Worcester


State of Georgia

Appellant's Claim

That the state of Georgia had no right to prosecute Worcester for illegally living on Cherokee land because the state of Georgia had no right of sovereignty over Cherokee land.

Justices for the Court

Gabriel Duvall, William Johnson, John Marshall (writing for the Court), John McLean, Joseph Story, Smith Thompson

Justices Dissenting

Henry Baldwin


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

3 March 1832

Related Cases

  • McCullough v. Massachusetts, 17 U.S. 316 (1819).
  • Cohens v. Virginia, 19 U.S. 264 (1821).
  • Gibbons v. Ogden, 22 U.S. 1 (1924).


Coleman, Kenneth, and Charles Stephen Gurr, eds. Dictionary of Georgia Biography. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1983.

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