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Marbury v. Madison

Significance, Marbury Goes To Court, Marshall Proclaims The Doctrine Of Judicial Review, Justice Alfred Moore


William Marbury, William Harper, Robert R. Hooe, Dennis Ramsay


James Madison, U.S. Secretary of State

Plaintiffs' Claim

That Madison had illegally refused to deliver judicial commissions to their rightful recipients.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiffs

Charles Lee

Chief Defense Lawyer

Levi Lincoln, U.S. Attorney General

Justices for the Court

Samuel Chase, William Cushing, John Marshall (writing for the Court), William Paterson, Bushrod Washington

Justices Dissenting

None (Alfred Moore did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 February 1803


Plaintiffs could not force Madison to deliver the commissions because the Judiciary Act of 1789 was unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Martin v. Hunter's Lessee, 14 U.S. 304 (1816).
  • Cohens v. Virginia, 19 U.S. 264 (1821).
  • Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962).
  • Michigan v. Long, 463 U.S. 1032 (1983).
  • Honda v. Oberg, 512 U.S. 415 (1994).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998.

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