Qui prior est tempore
Qui prior est tempore, potior est jure. He who is first or before in time, is stronger in right. Co. Litt. 14 a; 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 64 d; Story Bailm. Sec. 312; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 952; 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 3728.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.