The Taney Court (1836–64)


What other Taney Court decision involved the height of a bridge?

The Taney Court ruled 7–2 in Pennsylvania v. Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Co. (1852) that the state of Pennsylvania had a valid claim against a company’s bridge that was built so low that it negatively impacted interstate commerce. The Virginia legislature chartered the company to build the Wheeling Bridge across the Ohio River into Pennsylvania. The Court ruled that it impeded interstate commerce and ordered the bridge either removed or raised.


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