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McCulloch v. Maryland: Why we have implied powers

By virtually every measurement, McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) ranks as Chief Justice John Marshall’s greatest opinion, and, in the view of many legal scholars, the most important decision ever rendered by the Supreme Court. McCulloch is a landmark case among landmark cases.

Chief Justice Marshall, a member of the Virginia Ratifying Convention, wrote the court’s unanimous opinion. He set forth the c...