In this case, the result of an unusual chain of events, the Supreme Court set the standard for the height of bridges above navigable rivers throughout the 1800’s.
By 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court held that the bridge Virginia built from Wheeling (later West Virginia) to the western states was a nuisance because it interfered with large steamboat traffic in which Pennsylvania had a special interest. Having decided Pennsylvania had standing to sue, Justice John McLean
Commerce, regulation of
Reversals of Court decisions by Congress