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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1798
AUTHOR:Daniel Webster (1782–1852)
QUOTATION:The power to tax is the power to destroy.
ATTRIBUTION:This quotation comes from the words of DANIEL WEBSTER and those of JOHN MARSHALL in the Supreme Court case, McCulloch v. Maryland.

  Webster, in arguing the case, said: “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,” 17 U.S. 327 (1819).

  In his decision, Chief Justice Marshall said: “That the power of taxing it [the bank] by the States may be exercised so as to destroy it, is too obvious to be denied” (p. 427), and “That the power to tax involves the power to destroy … [is] not to be denied” (p. 431).
SUBJECTS:Taxation
 
 
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