McCulloch v. Maryland

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McCulloch v. Maryland

An 1819 United States Supreme Court case holding that the federal government has the ability to pass laws for which the Constitution does not expressly provide, so long as they are used to further the powers that the Constitution gives to the federal government. Specifically, the Court ruled that Congress had the authority to charter the Second Bank of the United States even though the Constitution did not specify a power to charter banks. McCulloch v. Maryland was one of the most important early cases establishing federal supremacy over the states in matters even tangentially related to the powers that the Constitution gives Congress.