Marshall Dental Mfg. Co. v. Iowa
226 U.S. 460 (1913)

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Marshall Dental Mfg. Co. v. Iowa, 226 U.S. 460 (1913)

Marshall Dental Manufacturing Company v. Iowa

No. 104

Argued December 19, 1912

Decided January 6, 1913

226 U.S. 460

Syllabus

Quaere whether this Court can go behind successive findings of the Secretary of the Interior and the state court that a lake was properly meandered and the lands within its area were not swamp. In this case, no reason appears for so doing.

By the law of Iowa, riparian owners take only to the water's edge, and grants of the United States follow the state rule, and convey no land under an unnavigable lake.

The title to the bed of a meandered lake formerly within the public domain of the United States, for which no patent has been issued either remains in the United States or has passed under the Swamp Land Act to the state.

Under such circumstances, a state has, by virtue of its sovereignty, an interest sufficient to entitle it to maintain an action against one intruding without title.

13 Ia. 398 affirmed.

The facts, which involve the title to a meandered lake in the State of Iowa, are stated in the opinion.

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