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American History


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Attempting to sustain the party, Adams appointed Federalists to these offices during his last day as president. These "midnight judges" never received their commissions because a new Republican Congress immediately repealed the Judiciary Act of 180l, destroying the positions. Jefferson therefore told Secretary of State James Madison not to deliver some commissions...
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Jefferson therefore told Secretary of State James Madison not to deliver some commissions. One "midnight judge," William Marbury, whom Adams had appointed as a justice of the peace for Washington, D.C., sued for his commission using the Judiciary Act of 1789. Marbury requested that the Supreme Court give him a writ of mandamus (a court order requiring a specific action) that would force Madison to hand over the commission...
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