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The U.S. Supreme Court rejects Georgia's challenge to the Military Reconstruction Acts.

Salmon Portland Chase, Brady-Handy, detail
05/13/1867

The states of Georgia and Mississippi, led by their provisional governors, hoped to have the Military Reconstruction Acts declared unconstitutional and had filed suit against President Johnson and the executive for enforcing them.  Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase had announced the Court's dismissal of Mississippi's claims on April 15, 1867, stating that the executive branch was carrying out the law as defined by the legislative branch and the judiciary could not intervene.  Four weeks later, on this day, Georgia's case sueing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was similarly rejected.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

Jonathan Lurie, Salmon P. Chase, The Chase Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004), 66.

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