U. S. Supreme Court cases relating to Maryland to 1837

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Sample U. S. Supreme Court Case Files to ca. 1837

The following sample of lower case file transcripts received by the U. S. Supreme Court prior to 1837 was prepared as an e-publication by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse for use in a legal history seminar at the University of Maryland School of Law, Fall Semester, 2014 taught with Garrett Power and Fred Leiner.

The case file transcripts are organized by a short title of the case name with hyperlinks to the original report of the case, the minutes of the case, and the docket entry of the case. Also provided is a hyperlink to the minutes of the Federal Circuit Court, Maryland District, where many of the cases listed below were heard.

The objective of the Seminar was to examine these cases in depth, assessing their legal importance and placing them in the historical context out of which they arose, with attention paid to who the litigants, the lawyers, and the judges were in each case.

The sequential filing numbers given the cases are to be found in the Supreme Court docket entry for each case. While the minutes are relatively easy to find, because the term the case was decided is in the published reports, the docket entries are harder to locate and require a search through the images of the microfilm publication. The dockets are not indexed, and it might take 2-3 years for a case to be heard after the initial docket entry. The worksheet for the Hiram, below, provides guidance on how to use the minutes, dockets, and case files of the Supreme Court from its beginnings until about 1831.

The citations for the case files below consist of the holding institution (National Archives and Records Administration or nara), the microfilm publication, which for Supreme Court dockets is m214, the reel of microfilm of the publication on which the case files are found, and the case number as it appears on the film. An example of the citation used here are the case files from the lower courts of the Alexander: nara_m214_11_294, which is the transcript on which the case was argued before the Court. For the case file hyperlinks visit here.

The minutes of the Federal Circuit Court for Maryland are available as pdfs: Minutes, vol. 1, and Minutes, vol. 2


Alexander: [case reported: cranch 370 ]

1) term case reported: February 1808, opinion given March 11, 1808,

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0225.html Decided March 11, 1808, on the record of the case from the Circuit Court (Maryland)

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0003.html on http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0158.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: case papers 294 filed 1807/02/07 nara_m214_11_294

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Arrogante: [case reported: 7 Wheaton 496]

1) term case reported: February Term, 1822

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0497.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court:: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0604.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_56_1100

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Astrea: [case reported: 1 Wheaton 125 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1816, having been condemned as a prize in Savannah ca. June 1813

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0348.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0003.html on http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0402.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_34_728

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

General Smith: [case reported: 4 Wheaton 438 ]

1) term case reported:

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0400.html

3) docket entries, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0504.html http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0505.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) case papers: [http://virtualarchive.us/nara_research_2014_admiralty/nara_m214/html/index.html nara_m214_47_911 and nara_m214_47_912 ] 6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Gran Para: [case reported: 7 Wheaton 471 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1822

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0496.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0603.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: Record received and filed, 1815/02/09; nara_m214_55_1098

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Hiram: [cases reported: 8 Cranch 444; 1 Wheaton 440 ] {[1]see the Hiram worksheet for details]}

Livingston: [case reported: 7 Cranch 506 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1813

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0279.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0254.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_18_467

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Locke: [case reported: 7 Cranch 339 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1813

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0283.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0260.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_19_480

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Manella: [case reported: 3 Cranch 415 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1806

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0184.html http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0188.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0133.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_9_244

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Manro: [case reported: 10 Wheaton 473 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1825

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0665.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0665.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_61_1212

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Maryland Insurance: [case reported: 6 Cranch 29 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1810

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0256.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0178.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_13_330

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Olivera: [case reported: 3 Wheaton 183 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1818

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0385.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0438.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) case papers: nara_m214_39_791

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Peisch: [case reported: 4 Cranch 347 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1808

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0224.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0145.html also: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0167.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_10_268; nara_214_12_308

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Santissima: [case reported: 7 Wheaton 283 ]

1) term case reported: February Term 1822

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_1/html/nara_m215_1-0508.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0599.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) case papers: nara_m214_55_1091

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html

Sheppard: [case reported: 5 Peters 675 ]

1) term case reported: January Term 1831

2) minutes of the Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m215_2/html/nara_m215_2-0231.html

3) docket entry, Supreme Court: http://mdhistory.net/nara_supreme_court/m216_1/html/nara_m216_1-0859.html

4) Lawyers, Judges/Justices:

5) Case Papers: nara_m214_87_1583

6) Minutes of the Federal Circuit Court of Maryland: http://mdhistory.net/msa_sm192/msa_sm192_sr4548/html/msa_sm192_sr4548-0010.html