Gaines v. New Orleans
73 U.S. 642 (1867)

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Gaines v. New Orleans, 73 U.S. 6 Wall. 642 642 (1867)

Gaines v. New Orleans

73 U.S. (6 Wall.) 642

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT

OF THE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA

Syllabus

1. By the law of Louisiana, if a man bona fide believe a woman free to marry him on account of the invalidity of a former marriage, and with such a belief of this, does marry her, such marriage has its civil effects, and the child born of it is legitimate, and can inherit its father's estate.

2. The fact of marriage being proved, the presumptions of law are all in favor of good faith.

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