Kendall v. United States
Significance, A Carriage And A Pair Of Horses, The President Fails To Intervene, The Separation Of Powers
Amos Kendall, U.S. Postmaster General
That Kendall should not have to order the Post Office Department to pay certain funds to a firm that did business with them, even though a federal court had ordered him to, if he himself, in his official capacity, did not believe the funds should be awarded.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Francis Scott Key; Benjamin F. Butler, U.S. Attorney General
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
Richard S. Coxe, Reverdy Johnson
Justices for the Court
Henry Baldwin, Philip Pendleton Barbour, John Catron, John McKinley, John McLean, Joseph Story, Roger Brooke Taney, Smith Thompson (writing for the Court), James Moore Wayne
Date of Decision
12 March 1838
That the act Kendall objected to was merely "ministerial" and did not require judgment or discretion on his part; therefore, he was obligated to follow the directive of the federal court.
- Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803).
- Martin v. Hunter's Lessee, 1 Wheat. 304 (1816).
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