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United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp.

Significance, Court Upholds Broad Presidential Powers In Foreign Affairs, Further Readings


United States


Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation

Appellant's Claim

That the president has the power to prohibit arms sales to warring nations.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Homer S. Cummings, U.S. Attorney General; Martin Conboy

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

William Wallace

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Charles Evans Hughes, Owen Josephus Roberts, George Sutherland (writing for the Court), Willis Van Devanter

Justices Dissenting

James Clark McReynolds (Harlan Fiske Stone did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 December 1936


The Supreme Court upheld the presidential resolution prohibiting the arms sales.

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