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McCulloch v. Maryland was a case heard by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1819. It was one of the most important cases in relation to federal (US government) power. See the fact file below for more information about McCulloch v. Maryland or download the complete worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
• McCulloch v. Maryland was argued in 1819 and decided on March 6th, 1819.
• The case was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. It was one of the first cases about federal power.
• The full case name was James McCulloch v. The State of Maryland, John James.
• The case determined whether the US government had the right to create a bank in Maryland, and whether the state was allowed to tax the government in return.
• The court was led by Chief Justice John Marshall.
• In 1816, Congress created the Second Bank of the United States of America and opened a branch in Baltimore, Maryland.
• When the bank in Baltimore was opened, people were furious as the government had not asked for permission to open it. They also thought that the bank was competing with other banks in the state.
• As a result of this, Maryland passed a law that taxed all banks which were not created by the state. This was viewed as a tax specifically created for the Second Bank.
• The director of the Baltimore Second Bank, James William McCulloch, refused to pay the tax that this law had placed upon his bank. The state tried to sue McCulloch in response and took the case to the Maryland Court.
• In the Maryland Court, the judges said that their law was correct, and the case was passed onto the Supreme Court.
• The Supreme Court ruled that the US government were able to create their own banks in Maryland. They also said that Maryland could not enforce the tax that they were trying to make the Second Bank pay.
• The decision ruled in the McCulloch v. Maryland case was in favour of the defendant, McCulloch.
• The Chief Justice ruled that the US government could establish their own banks because of the ‘necessary and proper’ clause in the Constitution. This clause meant that the banks could be created if they were necessary for commerce. This is also known as an ‘implied power’.
• This decision was the first of many future decisions about tax and federal government.
McCulloch v. Maryland Worksheets
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- McCulloch v. Maryland Facts
- Bank Withdrawal
- Modified TRUE or FALSE
- The U.S Federal Government
- Court in Session
- Word Search
- The Chief Justice
- Bank vs Bank
- The Decision
- Case Comic Strip
- Breaking News
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