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Chisholm v. Georgia
Citation:2 U.S. (2 Dall.) 419 (1793)
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During the Revolutionary War, Georgia authorized the purchase of clothing from a South Carolina merchant, but never paid the merchant. When the merchant died, Alexander Chisholm became the executor of the merchant’s estate, and sued Georgia for payment in the U.S. Supreme Court. Georgia refused to appear, claiming “sovereign immunity” – arguing that, as a state, it was immune from suit by a private citizen.
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