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Virginia v. West Virginia


VIRGINIA V. WEST VIRGINIA. When Congress admitted West Virginia to the Union in 1863, the West Virginia constitution contained provision for assumption of an "equitable" portion of the undivided state's debt. After decades of futile collection efforts, Virginia brought suit in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1906. In 1915 the Court decreed that West Virginia should pay $12,393,929, which was to go to certificate holders in final settlement. In 1918 the Court asserted its power to enforce its decision but postponed further action in the belief that West Virginia would now discharge its plain duty. Thereupon West Virginia paid.


McGregor, James Clyde. The Disruption of Virginia. New York: Macmillan, 1922.

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See alsoState Constitutions .

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