Chisholm v. Georgia

PETITIONER: Chisholm
RESPONDENT: Georgia
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Jay Court (1793)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Feb 05, 1793
DECIDED: Feb 19, 1793

Facts of the case

In 1777, the Executive Council of Georgia authorized the purchase of needed supplies from a South Carolina businessman. After receiving the supplies, Georgia did not deliver payments as promised. After the merchant's death, the executor of his estate, Alexander Chisholm, took the case to court in an attempt to collect from the state. Georgia maintained that it was a sovereign state not subject to the authority of the federal courts.

Question

Was the state of Georgia subject to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the federal government?