The Pompous Postmaster and Presidential Power: The Story of Myers V. United States
24 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2005
Date Written: November 2005
Myers v. United States is one of the foundational cases on the constitutional law of presidential power. The case was argued twice in the Supreme Court, and the opinion was written by Chief Justice William Howard Taft, the only person ever to serve as President and on the Court. Indeed, Taft's experience is often cited in explanation of the expansive conception of presidential power embodied in the opinion. Yet there are many unresolved questions about this great case, not the least of which is why a dispute over the relatively minor position of a local postmaster should precipitate a constitutional confrontation. This paper seeks to illuminate the case by examining the background to Myers as well as the behavior of President Taft in dealing with the controversial removal provision that lay at the heart of the case.
Keywords: Constitutional Law, Executive power, Administrative Law
JEL Classification: K19, K23
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