William Marbury

Deceased Person from United States of America

William Marbury (November 7, 1762–1835) was one of the "midnight judges" appointed by United States President John Adams the day before he left office. In an effort to prevent the incoming party from dismantling his Federalist Party-dominated government, Adams issued 42 judicial appointments, including Marbury's as Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia, on March 3, 1801, the day before he turned his government over to incoming President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson refused to honor Adams's appointments on the grounds that Adams's paperwork had not been delivered to the proper offices before the change of administration had taken place. Marbury then sued Jefferson's secretary of state, James Madison, in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking it issue a writ of mandamus to force the Jefferson administration to honor Adams's appointments. Marbury's suit resulted in a landmark 1803 Supreme Court case, Marbury v. Madison, that first established the right of judicial review. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall's two-pronged decision averred that while the Court did not have the authority to issue the writ Marbury had requested, it did retain the right to review  ( Wikipedia article )


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