|Title:||Typescript of Mathis, Doyle - Georgia before the Supreme Court : the first decade|
|Quantity:||0.03 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 671 to MS 686 housed in 1 document box)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of a typed manuscript of an article about three cases in which Georgia was a party before the Supreme Court during the Court's first ten years of existence. These cases were: Chisholm vs. Georgia; Georgia vs. Brailsford; and Moultrie vs. Georgia. The article was published in the American Journal of Legal History.|
Doyle Mathis was the provost and professor of government emeritus at Berry College and was the head of the Political Science Department at West Georgia College, Carrollton, Georgia.
Chisholm vs. Georgia (1793) is considered by many to be the first great United States Supreme Court case. The paper presents the case of South Carolina residents executing the estate of Alexander Chisholm, who sued the state of Georgia in the Supreme Court over payments due them for goods that Chisholm had supplied to Georgia during the American Revolutionary War.
Georgia vs. Brailsford, was an interesting case, where the state of Georgia wished to impose itself on a suit brought in circuit court by a British creditor against a citizen of Georgia. In ongoing conflict with Britain to recover reparations from the war, the state had sequestered a debt held by a citizen. The state wanted to use the case to establish its title to the property (money to be impounded because of infidelity to the revolutionary cause).
Moultrie vs. Georgia was another public lands case that was dismissed when the eleventh amendment was put in force (1798).
Mathis, Doyle - Georgia before the Supreme Court : the first decade. MS 674. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.