List of United States Supreme Court cases, volume 58

This is a list of cases reported in volume 58 (17 How.) of United States Reports, decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1854 and 1855.[1]

Supreme Court of the United States
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EstablishedMarch 4, 1789; 235 years ago (1789-03-04)
LocationWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°53′26″N 77°00′16″W / 38.89056°N 77.00444°W / 38.89056; -77.00444
Composition methodPresidential nomination with Senate confirmation
Authorized byConstitution of the United States, Art. III, § 1
Judge term lengthlife tenure, subject to impeachment and removal
Number of positions9 (by statute)

Nominative reports


In 1874, the U.S. government created the United States Reports, and retroactively numbered older privately-published case reports as part of the new series. As a result, cases appearing in volumes 1–90 of U.S. Reports have dual citation forms; one for the volume number of U.S. Reports, and one for the volume number of the reports named for the relevant reporter of decisions (these are called "nominative reports").

Benjamin Chew Howard


Starting with the 42nd volume of U.S. Reports, the Reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States was Benjamin Chew Howard. Howard was Reporter of Decisions from 1843 to 1860, covering volumes 42 through 65 of United States Reports which correspond to volumes 1 through 24 of his Howard's Reports. As such, the dual form of citation to, for example, Iasigi v. Brown is 58 U.S. 183 (17 How.) (1855).

Justices of the Supreme Court at the time of 58 U.S. (17 How.)


The Supreme Court is established by Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States, which says: "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court . . .". The size of the Court is not specified; the Constitution leaves it to Congress to set the number of justices. Under the Judiciary Act of 1789 Congress originally fixed the number of justices at six (one chief justice and five associate justices).[2] Since 1789 Congress has varied the size of the Court from six to seven, nine, ten, and back to nine justices (always including one chief justice).

When the cases in 58 U.S. (17 How.) were decided the Court comprised these nine members:

Portrait Justice Office Home State Succeeded Date confirmed by the Senate
Tenure on Supreme Court
  Roger B. Taney Chief Justice Maryland John Marshall March 15, 1836
March 28, 1836

October 12, 1864
  John McLean Associate Justice Ohio Robert Trimble March 7, 1829
January 11, 1830

April 4, 1861
  James Moore Wayne Associate Justice Georgia William Johnson January 9, 1835
January 14, 1835

July 5, 1867
  John Catron Associate Justice Tennessee newly-created seat March 8, 1837
May 1, 1837

May 30, 1865
  Peter Vivian Daniel Associate Justice Virginia Philip P. Barbour March 2, 1841
January 10, 1842

May 31, 1860
  Samuel Nelson Associate Justice New York Smith Thompson February 14, 1845
February 27, 1845

November 28, 1872
  Robert Cooper Grier Associate Justice Pennsylvania Henry Baldwin August 4, 1846
August 10, 1846

January 31, 1870
  Benjamin Robbins Curtis Associate Justice Massachusetts

Levi Woodbury

December 20, 1851
October 10, 1851

September 30, 1857
  John Archibald Campbell Associate Justice Alabama John McKinley March 22, 1853
April 11, 1853

April 30, 1861

Citation style


Under the Judiciary Act of 1789 the federal court structure at the time comprised District Courts, which had general trial jurisdiction; Circuit Courts, which had mixed trial and appellate (from the US District Courts) jurisdiction; and the United States Supreme Court, which had appellate jurisdiction over the federal District and Circuit courts—and for certain issues over state courts. The Supreme Court also had limited original jurisdiction (i.e., in which cases could be filed directly with the Supreme Court without first having been heard by a lower federal or state court). There were one or more federal District Courts and/or Circuit Courts in each state, territory, or other geographical region.

Bluebook citation style is used for case names, citations, and jurisdictions.

List of cases in 58 U.S. (17 How.)

Case Name Page and year Opinion of the Court Concurring opinion(s) Dissenting opinion(s) Lower Court Disposition
De la Lande's Heirs v. Louisiana 1 (1855) Taney none none La. dismissal denied
Shields v. Thomas 3 (1855) Taney none none N.D. Iowa dismissal denied
Arthurs v. Hart 6 (1854) Nelson none none C.C.E.D. La. reversed
The Steamship Ohio 17 (1855) McLean none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. dismissed
The Steamship Falcon 19 (1855) McLean none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. dismissed
Haydel v. Dufresne 23 (1855) Catron none none La. reversed
York and Maryland Line Railroad Company v. Winans 30 (1854) Campbell none none C.C.E.D. Pa. affirmed
United States v. Coxe 41 (1855) Taney none none E.D. La. reversed
Barribeau v. Brant 43 (1854) Taney none none C.C.D. Mo. dismissed
Wickliffe v. Owings 47 (1855) Campbell none none C.C.D. Ky. reversed
Raymond v. Tyson 53 (1855) Wayne none Campbell N.D. Cal. reversed
Troy Iron and Nail Factory v. Odiorne 72 (1854) Catron none none C.C.D. Mass. affirmed
Battin v. Taggert 74 (1854) McLean none none C.C.E.D. Pa. reversed
United States v. 67 Packages of Dry Goods 85 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.D. La. reversed
United States v. Nine Cases of Silk Hats 97 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.E.D. La. reversed
United States v. One Package of Merchandise 98 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.E.D. La. reversed
United States v. One Case of Clocks 99 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.E.D. La. reversed
Lawrence v. Minturn 100 (1855) Curtis none none N.D. Cal. reversed
Stewart v. United States 116 (1855) Daniel none none C.C.D.C. affirmed
Shields v. Barrow 130 (1855) Curtis none none C.C.E.D. La. reversed
Ring v. Maxwell 147 (1854) Curtis none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. certification
The Propeller Monticello 152 (1855) Grier none Daniel C.C.N.D.N.Y. affirmed
Bank of Tennessee v. Horn 157 (1855) Taney none none C.C.E.D. La. affirmed
City of Providence v. Clapp 161 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.D.R.I. affirmed
The Schooner Catharine 170 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. reversed
Peck v. Sanderson 178 (1855) Taney none none C.C.E.D. Pa. reversed
Iasigi v. Brown 183 (1855) McLean none Curtis; Campbell C.C.D. Mass. reversed
United States v. Nickerson 204 (1855) Curtis none none C.C.D. Mass. certification
Henshaw v. Miller 212 (1855) Daniel none none C.C.E.D. Va. certification
United States ex rel. Tucker v. Seaman 225 (1855) Taney none none C.C.D.C. affirmed
McBlair v. Gibbes 232 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.D. Md. affirmed
Williams v. Gibbes 239 (1855) Nelson none Taney; Daniel C.C.D. Md. reversed
Gooding v. Oliver 274 (1855) Nelson none none C.C.D. Md. reversed
Stafford v. Union Bank 275 (1855) McLean none none D. Tex. dismissed
Stafford v. New Orleans Canal and Banking Company 283 (1855) McLean none none D. Tex. dismissed
United States ex rel. Goodrich v. Guthrie 284 (1855) Daniel Curtis McLean C.C.D.C. affirmed
Clark v. Clark 315 (1855) Catron none none C.C.D.C. affirmed
Booth v. Clark 322 (1855) Wayne none none C.C.D.C. affirmed
Boone v. Missouri Iron Company 340 (1855) McLean none none C.C.D. Mo. affirmed
Burchell v. Marsh 344 (1855) Grier none Nelson C.C.D. Ill. reversed
Hinkle v. Wanzer 353 (1855) Daniel none none C.C.S.D. Ala. affirmed
Fontain v. Ravenel 369 (1855) McLean Taney; Daniel none C.C.E.D. Pa. affirmed
The Steamboat John Jay 399 (1855) Wayne none none C.C.S.D.N.Y. affirmed
West v. Cochran 403 (1855) Catron McLean none C.C.D. Mo. affirmed
Adams v. Law 417 (1855) Grier none none C.C.D.C. affirmed
Herndon v. Ridgway 424 (1855) Campbell none none N.D. Miss. affirmed
City of Boston v. Lecraw 426 (1855) Grier none none C.C.D.R.I. reversed
Bruce v. United States 437 (1855) Taney none none C.C.D. Mo. affirmed
Hendrickson v. Hinckley 443 (1855) Curtis none none C.C.D. Ohio affirmed
Stevens v. Gladding 447 (1855) Curtis none none C.C.D.R.I. reversed
Carpenter v. Pennsylvania 456 (1855) Campbell none none Pa. affirmed
Rhodes v. Farmer 464 (1855) McLean none none N.D. Miss. affirmed
Wickliffe v. Eve 468 (1855) Catron none none C.C.D. Ky. affirmed
Pulliam v. Osborne 471 (1855) Campbell none none M.D. Ala. reversed
Minturn v. Maynard 477 (1855) Grier none none N.D. Cal. affirmed
Florida v. Georgia 478 (1855) Taney none Curtis; Campbell original continued
United States v. Ritchie 525 (1855) Nelson Campbell none N.D. Cal. affirmed
Fremont v. United States 542 (1855) Taney none Catron; Campbell N.D. Cal. reversed
Webb v. Den 576 (1854) Grier none none C.C.M.D. Tenn. affirmed
Coy v. Mason 580 (1855) McLean none none D. Iowa affirmed
Wanzer v. Truly 584 (1855) Campbell none Daniel C.C.S.D. Miss. reversed
Ayres v. Carver 591 (1855) Nelson Catron none N.D. Miss. dismissed
Hays v. Pacific Mail Steamship Company 596 (1855) Nelson Campbell Daniel N.D. Cal. affirmed
Christy v. Alford 601 (1855) Curtis none none D. Tex. affirmed
Dennistoun v. Stewart 606 (1855) Grier none none C.C.S.D. Ala. reversed
Griffin v. Reynolds 609 (1855) Campbell none none N.D. Miss. reversed
Judson v. Corcoran 612 (1855) Catron none none C.C.D.C. affirmed
Lewis v. Bell 616 (1855) Grier none none C.C.D.C. affirmed

Notes and references

  1. ^ Anne Ashmore, DATES OF SUPREME COURT DECISIONS AND ARGUMENTS, Library, Supreme Court of the United States, 26 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Supreme Court Research Guide". Georgetown Law Library. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

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