Gibbons Vs. Ogden

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  • The state of New York given Robert and Fulton Livingston permission to navigate steamboats through the waterway in New York. The two made money off of these rights therefore it was a steamboat monopoly.
  • After the rights were given to these men, Aaron Ogden paid Livingston and in return received a portion of the steamboat monopoly. He obtain permission from Livingston to operate steamboats on the water ways in NY and in some ports in NJ. 
  • Thomas Gibbons avoided the monopoly and traveled on the waterways that were exclusive to Livingston, Ogden and Fulton. Ogden sues Gibbons and the two go to court. Gibbons won the case and was able to use the waterways to operate his boats. This court case gave power to the Federal Government. 
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